A single woman who lived alone in a middle class apartment in New York City was found dead in her bedroom floor by the victim’s cleaning lady. When found, the victim was lying face down on the bedroom carpet, her face facing the east of the bedroom, both arms were thrown outwards away from the body, a small bruise was evident on her forehead and she was wearing a night gown. There were no obvious signs of altercation or defensive wounds and there were no forcible entry marks in the apartment’s main and back doors and windows.
Investigation Report The first to respond to the crime scene was a police officer on duty near the victim’s apartment, the cleaning lady who found the victim called 911 to report the murder. The police officer immediately called the crime scene investigators to the scene after securing the apartment and the crime scene. The crimes scene was cordoned and police tapes were attached 10 meters from the actual crime scene.
The medical examiner arrived next and secured the victim’s body and took preliminary information such as liver temperature, photos, checked for obvious trauma, injuries and signs of lividity (Adams, Caddell & Krutsinger, 2004). The medical examiner placed time of death within the last 24 hours. The investigating team then went about collecting information and clues in the crime scene, witnesses or those who might have seen or heard the victim before she was murdered was questioned to enable the team to retrace the victim’s activities.
The other member of the team collected photos of the crime scene from every angle and vantage point, the room was gone over inch by inch to look for potential clues such as hair, fiber, trace elements, DNA, footprints and fingerprints (Adams, Caddell & Krutsinger, 2004). The tables, door knobs, drawers and bed in the crime scene were dusted with black powder to look for fingerprints. Hairbrushes and the bed were also gone over to find sources of DNA such as hair and slough off skin as well as bodily fluids.
All the gathered evidence in the crime scene were bagged and tagged by the investigators, each investigator had to seal the evidence bag and write his/her signature across the seal or flap. Then all the bagged evidences were placed in the investigator’s kits and transported to the crime laboratory by the investigator. The investigator must always carry the evidence and should not leave their sight. At the crime laboratory, the evidences will be turned over to the laboratory technicians and they have to sign for it to maintain the chain of custody (Ogle, 2004).
The rest of the team will go about following on leads that had been identified by the collected evidence. The investigating team will always be accompanied by a police officer on duty; this is to ensure the safety of the investigating team. When all the evidences had been analyzed and witnesses had been questioned and leads had been exhausted, the team will then recreate the crime scene, from the last time the victim was seen alive and to the point where she was murdered (Ogle, 2004).
This would enable the team to analyze the crime itself, its motive and consequences for people concerned and who among the potential suspects had the opportunity to commit the crime. References Adams, T. F. , Caddell, A. G. & Krutsinger, J. L. (2004). Crime Scene Investigation 2nd ed. New Jersey: Prentice Hall. Ogle, R. R. (2004). Crime scene investigation and reconstruction. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall.