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Spain. This individual committed suicide by hanging, with possible change of mind and attempt to remove the ligature, details of furrow with finger marks can be seen in the neck area. The body has started to mummify.

Fig.1 Hanging with mummified body, with possible change of mind and attempt to remove the ligature.

Mummification occurs in hot, dry environments. The body dehydrates and bacterial proliferation may be minimal. The skin becomes dark, dried, and leathery. The process occurs readily in the fingers and toes in dry environments, regardless of the temperature. Most mummified bodies are found in the summer months or in hot, dry climates. Mummification can occur in the winter indoors, especially if the heat is turned up, creating a hot, low-humidity environment. It is possible for an entire body to mummify in only a few days to weeks in the right conditions. Once a body is in this state, it can remain preserved for many years.

Fig.2 Detail of furrow with finger marks.

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