2 responses to “Adipocere

  1. mandystigant

    August 15, 2013 at 9:13 am

    I have a question about Adipocere too. I have a character who gets killed and left in an underground tunnel system that runs under Portland – they’re called the Shanghai Tunnels, and they’re sort of like catacombs. Cool temperatures but damp. If her body was left there undisturbed for 10 years before found, is it feasible that her corpse could undergo adipocere? Or is it likely the tunnels aren’t cool enough in temperature?

    And related to that, if adipocere isn’t likely in those conditions, after 10 years, how much would the corpse have decomposed, how much would it smell, how much information would an ME be able to glean about her?

    Thank you!
    Portland, OR


    • D.P. Lyle, MD

      August 15, 2013 at 8:03 pm

      Mandy–I don’t answer such story questions here on my blog but rather only thru my website:
      I require certain information beforehand and this is explained on my website. Please supply the needed info and resubmit your questions.



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