Trace Evidence

Trace evidence is evidence that occurs when different objects contact one another. Such materials are often transferred by heat induced by contact friction.

The importance of trace evidence in criminal investigations was shown by Dr. Edmond Locard in the early 20th Century. Throughout the past century, forensic scientists have used trace evidence to reconstruct crimes, as well as to describe the people, places and things involved in them. Case studies of real life homicides have been published in the forensic science literature showing how trace evidence has been used to solve these crimes, free the innocent, and bring the guilty to justice. Trace evidence is also important in accident investigation, where movement of one part against another will often leave a tell-tale mark. Such analysis is of great use in forensic engineering.

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Trace Evidence - Problems
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Indo-Aryan Migration - Genetic Anthropology
... of numerically small superstrate groups would be difficult to trace genetically ... may have had negligible genetic impact, and if they did it can be hard to trace it ... For example, despite centuries of Greek rule in Northwest India, no trace of either the I-M170 or the E-M35 Y DNA paternal haplogroups associated with Greek and Macedonian males lines have been found ...
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... sciences to answer questions relating to examination and comparison of biological evidence, trace evidence, impression evidence (such as fingerprints, footwear impressions, and ... In typical circumstances evidence is processed in a Crime lab ... accounting is the study and interpretation of accounting evidence Forensic aerial photography is the study and interpretation of aerial photographic ...
Locard's Exchange Principle - Famous Cases - The Westerfield-van Dam Case
... He said his laundry was out during that visit, so trace evidence from them could have got on it, and then been transferred to his bedroom and his RV (secondary Locard transfer) ... have snuck inside, leaving behind that evidence ... A detailed examination of the trace evidence may decide between the guilty and innocent scenarios ...

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