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11. What other evidence should you instruct the technicians to look for in the living room? They should be looking for any kind of evidence that could help in a positive identification of the victim or the perpetrator such as hair, skin, and blood, anything DNA. They should also be looking at the blood spatter patterns to indicate where they were when the victim was shot or if they might have walked in from the living room afterbeing shot. They should also be looking for anything else that could indicate how the fire was started and with what. 12. What type of crime scene search pattern should be used to properly search inside the house? I believe that the crime scene search pattern that should be used to properly searchinside the house is the grid search pattern. I say this because to me, it is the most thorough search technique and when you have to sift through things that have been through a fire, it can be helpful to see things from a new perspective or direction. So this way, if you miss a piece of evidence coming from one direction, you might be able to spot it coming from a different one.13. What type of crime scene search pattern should be used to search outside the house? The type of crime scene search pattern that should be used to search outside of the house is also the grid search pattern. I say this again because it is very thorough, especially when your outside and can miss little things.14. Latent fingerprints are sometimes valuable in solving crime. As a result of the fire, is it possible to lift latent fingerprints from the scene? If so, where are the logical places to find latent fingerprints of value? It is definitely going to be possible to lift latent fingerprints from the scene, however locating quality latent fingerprints is always a difficult task. The logical places to find latent fingerprints of value are going to be places
like door handles, drinking cups, weapons, telephones, toilet handles, the computer, desk drawers, or the suitcase laying on the bed. 15. If any latent fingerprints are recovered, how do you identify them? You identify them by starting with elimination prints of everyone known to have had legal access to the scene. Those prints are then compared with the recovered prints and the ones that do not match anyone legally there may belong to the perpetrator. You can then run them through fingerprint databases such as AFIS in order to see if there is a possible match. And if you have a suspect, you can also take their fingerprints and compare them to the ones found atthe scene.