Protocols Flouted in U.S. Death

Rick, left and Mary Todd, right, parents of late American software engineer Shane Truman Todd, leave the Subordinate Courts of Singapore on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 in Singapore. Singapore has opened a coroner's inquiry into the death of Todd, with evidence pointing to an alleged suicide case which was consistently refuted by his parents and drew queries from U.S. senators. The inquest which is described as a "fact-finding process," was held by Singaporean authorities to investigate and determine the circumstances surrounding Todd's death. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
Rick, left and Mary Todd, right, parents of late American software engineer Shane Truman Todd, leave the Subordinate Courts of Singapore on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 in Singapore. Singapore has opened a coroner's inquiry into the death of Todd, with evidence pointing to an alleged suicide case which was consistently refuted by his parents and drew queries from U.S. senators. The inquest which is described as a "fact-finding process," was held by Singaporean authorities to investigate and determine the circumstances surrounding Todd's death. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

SINGAPORE (AP) – Singapore police who examined the scene of an American’s death have admitted that they deviated from official protocols by not dusting for fingerprints or collecting DNA samples, and by examining the contents of a laptop computer there.

Shane Truman Todd’s body was found in his Singapore apartment by his girlfriend last June. Police have said he killed himself, but his parents believe he may have been murdered over his research into materials with military applications.

Asked at an inquest Monday why police did not fully investigate the apartment, Sgt. Muhammad Khaldun Bin Sarif said he had made a preliminary assessment that pointed to suicide and determined there were no signs of foul play. He said he decided as a result not to perform fingerprint dustings or DNA swabs.

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