Protocols Flouted in U.S. Death

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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