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NCJ Number: 228235 Find in a Library
Title: Effects of Differential Cyanoacrylate Fuming Times on the Development of Fingerprints on Skin
Journal: Journal of Forensic Identification  Volume:59  Issue:5  Dated:September/October 2009  Pages:537-544
Author(s): William R. King
Date Published: October 2009
Page Count: 8
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study investigated the optimal fuming time for developing fingerprints on skin by exposing fingerprints on skin to differential fuming times.
Abstract: The results of the study failed to find a significant relationship between the quality of developed fingerprints and the length of time skin was fumed with cyanoacrylate. Within the literature, there is disagreement concerning the optimal fuming time for developing fingerprints on skin. This study investigated the effect of variable cyanoacrylate fuming times, between 10 minutes and 125 minutes, on the successful development of fingerprints deposited on skin. In place of human skin, the study used pig skin. A total of 152 prints were placed on pig skin and then placed in a fuming chamber. The skin was fumed in the fuming booth, removed, and printed with a magnetic fingerprint powder applicator. The study was intended to build on prior literature in the development of fingerprints on skin. Tables and references
Main Term(s): Fingerprints
Index Term(s): Evidence; Evidence identification; Forensic sciences; Latent fingerprints; Testing and measurement; Time series
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