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Danielle Van Dam Case Study Larry Manuel Jr. CJ2570: Week 2 Analysis 2.1/ Processing the Scene 6/22/16
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2 | P a g e On February 1, 2002, Brenda Van Dam and friends had a girls’ night out. Damon Van Dam, Brenda’s husband, stayed home and cared for their three children,7- year old Danielle and her two brothers. The children were sent to bed around 10:00 PM. Mrs. Van Dam returned from having a night out around 2:00 AM. The Van Dams and their friends remained talking till around 3:00 AM before they left and Van Dams went to sleep. The next morning, they discovered Danielle was missing and called the police. Almost a month later, Danielle’s body was discovered on February 27, 2002. The neighbor David Alan Westerfield was prime suspect and DNA evidence would place Danielle in his RV. Westerfield was ultimately found guilty from evidence collected and sentence to death. In this assignment I will analyze the house (exterior and interior), Westerfield’s home, RV, Drycleaners, and the area of body location. I would begin first at the Van Dam’s residence for collecting forensic evidence. Prior to beginning my search, I would secure a search warrant for gathering any evidence in the home. Once search warrant is obtained, I would begin my processing of the scene by using an initial search and recording start time of taking photographs of the outside of the home. All finding in the initial search should have reflective markers to alert other officers of the evidence. The photos would be images of the street address and outside structures. Next, photos would be taken facing the scene from opposite directions (2011). Photos of the front and backyard should be taken. If potential evidence is located outside, then medium view (five-ten feet) photographs should be taken along with placards. Once I finish processing the outside I would then proceed indoors photographing overlapping views from each corner of each room. Medium views for apparent evidence. The camera’s flash should be on during the
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3 | P a g e photographing of the interior of the home with proper adjustments to low light settings, such as using ISO 400 (2011). Evidence placards should be set in place and orientated with close-up view photos taken of the evidence (2011). Once the crime scene and
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  • Spring '16
  • Candace Haynes
  • Forensic evidence, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Warrant, David Alan Westerfield

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