The organizational chart shows that Parker County has the service of three part-time forensic death investigators in addition to Banks, who was employed full-time.
Forensic investigators in the four-county area inquired into more than 8,700 deaths in 2011, according to the report.
Investigators study criminal investigation techniques, forensic medicine, crime scene processing and maintenance of case integrity. They also conduct interviews, notify next-of-kin and interact with law enforcement personnel.
Once a jurisdictional death is reported, the report states, the investigator visits the scene or hospital where the death occurred. He or she conducts an investigation, prepares a case report on the deceased and provides a narrative of the events leading up to the time of the deceased’s death or discovery, summing up all investigative analyses and leads.
Investigators also coordinate with hospitals, physicians, law enforcement agencies, employers, families, and others to gather information that might be of value in determining the cause and manner of death.