A suspicious death is where there is a possibility that an individual was murdered, although the death cause may not be apparent. On this wiki, some cases have officially been ruled to be suspicious and others have not, yet homicide seems to be a large possibility. If the term "suspicious" appears in an infobox, it does not guarantee that the victim was murdered. If such a statement exists in the article, it indicates that someone likely had knowledge of the subject's death but never reported it to police. Many bodies are often hidden in wooded areas for concealment.

Official ruling

In cases such as Abby, the death cause was officially ruled as "suspicious." If the death cause has been ruled by medical examiners or police as such, a checkmark will appear next to the word in the infobox. The template for this is {{Susp}}.

Strong indication of foul play

Some cases, like Cameron Parish Jane Doe have not had their causes of death released, although the circumstances of the discovery as well as visible damage to the body may be present in mortuary photographs. If this factor exists, a "1" will appear next to the word "suspicious." The template for this is {{Strong}}.

Natural or accidental death possible

As in the case of Monmouth County John Doe, the circumstances might be unknown, but it is possible there are people involved who might want to conceal the fact that the individual is dead, yet it is unknown if they had been murdered. It might be possible for them to have died in an accidental or natural way. Some subjects could have also died of overdoses and companions could have disposed of their body out of fear. If a natural death is possible, a "2" will appear next to the word "suspicious." The template for this is {{NatAcc}}.

Circumstances unknown

An event where there have been no circumstances indicating the individual was purposely concealed, a habitual drug user, disabled, had signs of violence on their body, etc, yet it is still possible that the subject did not die naturally and could have been murdered. A "3" will appear next to the word "suspicious." The template for this is {{CirUnk}}.

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