Investigations | Section 4


Fundamentals of Criminal Investigations

Adam J. McKee, Ph.D.


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Section 4: Trace Evidence

When “crime scene investigation” is mentioned, the average person (influenced by Hollywood myths) conjures up images of fingerprints, plaster casts, blood splatters, and copious photographs. These things have an often shocking visual appeal that draws in the attention of television viewers, but they are only a handful of the broad spectrum of evidence types that detectives use in real cases. Often, minute evidence that can barely be seen by the unaided human eye (if at all) is of critical importance in bringing criminals to justice.

Hairs and other types of trace evidence are not so obvious, and are often found through painstaking and methodical searching.

 

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