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Evidence: Preliminary Forensic Test Results
 

YOKNAPATAWPHA COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT

    Investigating Officer(s): Det. S. Murphy. Det. T. Armstrong
    Incident No.: 003933-15J-2000
    Case Description: Zoe Chase Homicide
    Related Incident No.(s): 004516-08L-2000

By special request of the Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department for top priority, the State Crime Lab and the Yoknapatawpha Crime Scene Investigators have conducted preliminary forensic tests on recently acquired evidence in the Zoe Chase homicide investigation. The initial results are provided below and more extensive tests will be completed before trial.


Evidence Number and Item Description

Taken into evidence from:

Analysis Results
004516-01: One (1) ladies coat, brown, with apparent bloodstains

United Way of Oxford
Preliminary tests determined the stains to be human blood and the type to be consistent with that of Zoe Chase. DNA analysis pending.
004516-02: One (1) ladies glove, brown

St. John's Catholic Church 
Manufacturer, materials, style, and color are consistent with the glove found at the crime scene (Evidence # 003933-02).

004516-03: One (1) key ring with three (3) keys

  • 004516-03-01: One (1) house key
  • 004516-03-02: One (1) house key
  • 004516-03-03: One (1) car key

St. John's Catholic Church

Preliminary comparisons determined:

  • Evidence #s 004516-03-01 and 004516-03-02 fit locks on the entry doors at the residence of Peggy LeClaire.
  • Evidence #s 004516-03-03 fits the doors and ignition of the vehicle registered to Peggy LeClaire.
003933-65: One (1) pair ladies cotton slacks, khaki, size L, with possible bloodstains

Residence of Peggy LeClaire
Preliminary tests determined the stains to be human blood and the type to be consistent with that of Zoe Chase. DNA analysis pending.
003933-67: One (1) box Winchester .25 automatic full metal jacket ammunition, 11 rounds remaining

Residence of Peggy LeClaire
  • Manufacturer, materials, and type are consistent with casings found at the crime scene (Evidence #s 003933-31 and 003933-32) and with the bullet recovered during autopsy (Evidence # 54J-2000-JJ1). In-depth analysis pending.
  • Preliminary fingerprint analysis of the box and contents found only prints belonging to Peggy LeClaire.
003933-68: One (1) .25 caliber Beretta Jetfire semi-automatic handgun, no serial number visible

Residence of Peggy LeClaire
  • Preliminary ballistics comparisons indicate this weapon is consistent with the murder weapon. In-depth analysis pending.
  • Preliminary fingerprint analysis found only prints belonging to Peggy LeClaire.
003933-69 through 003933-71: Three (3) 8-1/2" x 11" sheets of white paper with typewritten text and the name "Zoe Chase" in the upper right corner of each sheet

Residence of Peggy LeClaire
Preliminary fingerprint analysis of each sheet found prints belonging to Peggy LeClaire and prints belonging to Zoe Chase.

003933-66: One (1) small cardboard box, brown
contents:

  • 003933-66-01: One (1) ladies ring, gold with ruby-like and diamond-like stones
  • 003933-66-02: One (1) Rolex watch, gold

Residence of Peggy LeClaire
  • Preliminary fingerprint analysis of the box found only prints belonging to Peggy LeClaire.
  • Preliminary comparison of items 003933-66-01 and 003933-66-02 with photographs provided by Howard and Marion Neidelmen indicates these items are the pieces of jewelry the Neidelmens gave to Zoe Chase. Further analysis pending.
003933-72: One (1) Gateway notebook computer

Residence of Peggy LeClaire
Analysis pending.
003933-73 through 003933-86: fourteen (14) 3.5" computer diskettes

Residence of Peggy LeClaire
  • Preliminary fingerprint analysis found only prints belonging to Peggy LeClaire.
  • Analysis of diskette contents pending.
003933-87: One (1) Compaq desktop computer

Residence of Mallory Benson
Analysis pending.
003933-88 through 003933-91: four (4) 3.5" computer diskettes

Residence of Mallory Benson
  • Preliminary fingerprint analysis found prints belonging to Mallory Benson, Zoe Chase, and Peggy LeClaire.
  • Analysis of diskette contents pending.
003933-92: One (1) three-ring binder and contents, labeled "Desperate Stranger"

Residence of Mallory Benson
Preliminary review of the information contained in the binder indicates it is consistent with the novel by Zoe Chase, which is currently pending publication.

 

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