If a body was not immersed in water at this time the body would be in what is known as the “dry stage” of decomp. The final stage of decomposition results in the remains consisting primarily of bones, some dried skin, and cartilage. There is also little odor of decay at this point for a human nose, but enough a cadaver dog could easily detect it. If the body is in water or a very moist environment it may be preserved longer due to the formation of adipocere (corpse wax or grave wax), Adipocere is a grey or light brown waxy material primarily composed of saturated fatty acids, typically formed within approximately one month of death (but has been known to form within up to 6 months). Once formed, this insoluble, waxy material can remain for decades before breaking down.