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NCJ Number: 148728 Find in a Library
Title: Significant Fiber Evidence Recovered from the Clothing of a Homicide Victim After Exposure to the Elements for Twenty-Nine Days
Journal: Journal of Forensic Sciences  Volume:39  Issue:3  Dated:(May 1994)  Pages:854-859
Author(s): R Spencer
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 6
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: An adhesive tape lint-removal roller was used to isolate fibers from a homicide victim's clothing that had been exposed to the elements for 29 days; the fibers were then analyzed by several techniques and compared with known fibers from the suspect's shirt and the car in which the homicide was believed to have occurred.
Abstract: The analytical techniques were analyzed by means of comparison microscopy, microspectrophotometry, and infrared analysis. Results revealed that fibers recovered from the victim's clothing included specimens that were indistinguishable from fibers constituting the suspect's shirt and others that were indistinguishable from the three distinct types of fibers making up the upholstery, carpeting, and trunk liner of the car. The distribution of the fibers on the various garments helped corroborate the crime scenario. The case indicated that exposure of clothing to wind and precipitation does not necessarily obliterate all transferred fiber evidence. Table, photographs, and 5 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Police casework
Index Term(s): Hair and fiber analysis; Homicide investigations; Science and Technology
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