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The area should be canvassed to ensure that no other suspects or potential accomplices are present. None of the crime scene should be tampered with. Photographs of the scene should be taken from every angle, and any contact with the contents in the room should be minimal and done with gloves. The area where the rape was committed should be inspected for signs of forced entry, blood stains and splatter, and other DNA samples such as semen and hair. The car should be searched and anything found must be taken in and inventoried. Information such as thetype of drug found and how it was packaged should be documented as well as where it was found. The kind of drugs found in the car are not specified in the scenario, so it may be possible Page 27/28/17
Assignment 8: Criminal Investigationthat they are legally prescribed to the suspect and must be treated accordingly. However, all contents of the crime scene should be considered evidence. Any witnesses or neighbors home at the time of the incident should be interviewed and their contact information should be recorded. Once the scene has been thoroughly inspected and photos are taken, the evidence should be takento the lab for further testing. The family and any friends of the victim should be interviewed as well to find out if there was a connection between the victim and suspect. If evidence is not gathered correctly, the defendant can claim that the case is flawed and there will be reasonable doubt for their conviction, making it possible for the rapist to walk.In the process of securing the crime scene, precautions must be taken to make sure the public and press cannot enter. Someone should be assigned to handle any press coverage that may be necessary, including potentially warning the public if the assailant is still at large.