Researchers have discovered five chemical compounds produced by decomposing bodies to be distinctly fruity. The compounds are family of molecules known as esters which could also be found in pineapples, raspberries, blackberries and apples. This discovery will further help to train cadaver dogs, which are commonly used in searching for decomposing human bodies.
According to the writing in the journal Public Library of Science One, Elien Rosier, who is a forensic toxicologist at the University of Leuven, Belgium, that lead the team, said her research could even lead to portable devices to help aid the detection of dead bodies.
‘Esters are described to be degradation products of muscles, fat tissue and carbohydrates,’ explained the team.