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Follow-up evidence collection at Smith/O'Connor residence

YOKNAPATAPHWA COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT

Investigating Officer(s): Det. S. Murphy, Det. T. Armstrong
Incident No.: 001529-11E-2012
Case Description: Veronica Smith Homicide

Following the coroner's ruling of homicide and the discovery of text messages that indicated someone may have been watching Veronica Smith, the Yoknapatawpha County Crime Scene Unit re-examined the Smith/O'Connor property, focusing on the exterior where someone could have observed the activities in the house. Because George O'Connor and Haley Smith have been living in the house for the last several weeks, the interior was not re-examined in detail.

CSU provided the following summary of evidence collected from the exterior of the Smith/O'Connor residence, along with preliminary analysis results.


Fingerprints - exterior of sliding glass door, south wall of family room

  • 001529-16: One (1) handprint, side of right hand
  • 001529-17: One (1) handprint, side of left hand
  • 001529-18 through 001529-24: Seven (7) fingerprints

Fingerprints - exterior of window, east wall of garage

  • 001529-25: One (1) handprint, full left hand

Shoeprint - below window, east wall of garage

  • 001529-26: One (1) right shoe, men's

Residue - on east wall of garage between window and ground

  • 001529-27 through 001529-28: Two (2) two samples of dried liquid

Preliminary Analysis

At the scene, CSU conducted preliminary comparisons of known prints belonging to Veronica Smith, George O'Connor and Haley Smith to the prints recovered. Further analysis is required to confirm these findings.

Fingerprints
Item Preliminary Finding
001529-16: One (1) handprint, side of right hand Unidentified
001529-17: One (1) handprint, side of left hand Unidentified
001529-18 through 001529-24: Seven (7) fingerprints O'Connor, George (2)
Smith, Veronica (1)
Smith, Haley (3)
Unidentified (1)
001529-25: One (1) handprint, full left hand Unidentified 

 

Shoeprint
Item Preliminary Finding
001529-26: One (1) right shoe, men's Approximate size: 10.5
Toe pointed west
Location A indicates the top ridge of the tread, which is irregular and may be used as an identifier when comparing the print with shoes.

 

Residue
Item Preliminary Finding
001529-27 through 001529-27: Two (2) two samples of dried liquid Field test positive for urine
Additional analysis pending

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