The fracture bone shown by a red arrow in the picture above represents hyoid bone.
The most probable cause of death is: Throttling(Manual Strangulation)
- Ligature strangulation: neck constricted with a ligature
- Manual strangulation or Throttling: Neck constricted with hand
- Garroting – victim attacked from behind, throat may be grasped or ligature thrown and neck constricted
- Mugging – strangulation caused by holding the neck of the victim in the bend of the elbow.
- Bandsola – neck constricted between two bamboo sticks
Neck injuries in strangulation
- Skin – fingernail abrasions and/or fingertip bruises
- Soft tissue bruising – manual greater than ligature-especially where hands are re-applied; chokeholds; including congestive stasis in salivary glands, and the base of the tongue; soft tissue bruising/contusion of neck muscles is seen at the same level as a ligature.
- Laryngohyoid complex fracture is frequent -the most consistent morphological marker of homicidal neck compression(Most commonly seen in manual Strangulation)