crime scene reconstruction individual project


In this crime scene scenario, there are a number of evidence types that you will need to collect. The crime scene is a single-floor house with a burned-down tool shed in the back. There is a mailbox that appears to have been hit by a car backing out of the driveway. It is 90 degrees (F) with 100% humidity.

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The items you will collect include the following:

  • A vial of liquid blood
  • Stains on clothing that may be semen
  • A paper packet containing an unknown powder
  • Fumes from the shed that was burned to the ground, containing a body (the body will be handled by the medical examiner, not you)
  • Paint transfer apparently from a vehicle onto the mailbox in front of the crime scene
  • Hair and fiber found on a hammer with what appears to be dried blood

In a 4–6-page paper, complete the following:

  • Describe the methods you would use to pack these items for transport to the lab.
  • Explain the danger of the evidence degradation due to the environment.
  • Describe the instrumentation at the lab that might be used to examine the evidence.