MISSISSIPPI CRIME LABORATORY

DATE ANALYSIS PERFORMED: 1/24/2014

Andrew Needham, FTEE
Jackson Laboratory
Jackson, MS 39205
601-987-XXXX (FAX 601-987-XXXX)

Analysis: Serology; Latent Print Examination; Trace Evidence Analysis

Case #: 000073-05A-2014

Case Description: Cameron Maxwell and Caitlin Maxwell homicide investigation

Investigative Agency: Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department

Investigating Officer(s): Det. S. Murphy, Det. T. Armstrong

 

Summary of Preliminary Evidence Analysis

Eastgate Shopping Center

Analysis of trace evidence recovered at the Eastgate Shopping Center following the K-9 search on January 8, 2014.

Evidence # and Description

Findings

000073-40: One (1) crate from K-9 alert locations 1 & 2 No usable fingerprints recovered.

Positive for human blood, type A+; DNA analysis pending.
000073-41: One (1) pallet from K-9 alert locations 1 & 2 Fibers recovered from pallet are consistent with 000073-39.

No usable fingerprints recovered.

Positive for human blood, type A+; DNA analysis pending.
Soil samples from K-9 alert locations 1 & 2 Positive for human blood, type A+; DNA analysis pending.
Soil samples from K-9 alert location 3 Positive for human blood, type A+; DNA analysis pending.

Hurricane Creek

Evidence collected at Hurricane Creek and Highway 7 on January 12, 2014.

Evidence # and Description

Findings

000073-20: One (1) 21" Samsonite leather tote bag, blue Bag is muddy and in poor condition, indicating prolonged submersion in water. No tears in the surface. Handle is well worn.

No usable fingerprints recovered.

Negative for human blood.
000073-21: One (1) 28" Samsonite hard side Pullman suitcase, blue Case is muddy with one side exhibiting evidence prolonged submersion in water with mold growth at the water line. Mold is consistent with samples taken from the Hurricane Creek location.

Case surface is scratched with several pitted dents consistent with being dragged or dropped over rough surfaces, such as the rocky bed of Hurricane Creek. One metal hinge is broken and dented, potentially consistent with being dropped from a height onto a hard, irregular surface or smashed forcefully against an irregular hard surface.

No usable fingerprints recovered.

Negative for human blood.
000073-22: One (1) 28" Samsonite hard side Pullman suitcase, gray Case is muddy with numerous scratches and pitted dents. Mold growth is present, consistent with samples taken from the Hurricane Creek location. No other evident damage.

No usable fingerprints recovered.

Negative for human blood.
000073-23: One (1) canvas duffel bag, natural Bag is approximately 23 inches in height with a diameter of 13 inches. Covered with mud consistent with samples taken from location with item. Plant material embedded in the handle grommets is pending further analysis. The item does not appear to have been submerged in water, but does show soil and water stains on one side consistent with being on the ground in one position for an extended time.

No usable fingerprints recovered.

Negative for human blood.
000073-24: One (1) Samsonite hard-side cosmetic case, blue Case is only slightly dirt encrusted with no evidence of submersion in water. No obvious damage.

No usable fingerprints recovered.

Negative for human blood.
000073-25: One (1) Samsonite soft-side garment bag, gray Bag is in fairly good condition. No evidence of submersion or prolonged exposure to weather, consistent with the sheltered location where the bag was found under the bridge.

No usable fingerprints recovered.

Negative for human blood.
000073-26: One (1) leather skate bag, black, torn Bag is in extremely poor condition with a number of puncture marks and a large 8-inch gaping tear on the side of the bag. Punctures are consistent with canine incisors and are consistent with reports the discoverer's dog chewed on this bag. Four dog hairs recovered from the ragged edges of the tear are consistent with samples from the discoverer's dog.

Three (3) full and partial latent fingerprints and one (1) left palm print identified as consistent with Tucker Baines.

Negative for human blood.
000073-27: One (1) leather skate bag, black, missing handle Bag is mud encrusted and in extremely poor condition with a number of small tears. Handle is missing and appears to have been forcefully torn off leaving gaping holes in the surface.

No usable fingerprints recovered.

Negative for human blood.
000073-28: One (1) leather skate bag, dark blue, torn Bag is in poor condition with a gaping 6.5-inch tear running diagonally across the side.

No usable fingerprints recovered.

Negative for human blood.
000073-29: One (1) leather skate bag, dark blue Bag is in fair condition, appearing to have been somewhat sheltered from the elements consistent with the location in which it was found. There is a water and earth stain on the lower edge of the side of the bag consistent with prolonged ground contact. Mold growth is consistent with the samples found on location with the items.

No usable fingerprints recovered.

Negative for human blood.

St. Peter's Cemetery

Evidence collected at St. Peter's Cemetery at the time the bodies were discovered on January 14, 2014.

Evidence # and Description

Findings

000073-30: One (1) leather bifold wallet, black One (1) partial latent fingerprint found on inner right side, identified as consistent with Cameron Maxwell

Positive for human blood, type A+; DNA analysis pending.
000073-31: One (1) fanny pack, green No usable fingerprints recovered.

Positive for human blood, type A+; DNA analysis pending.
000073-39: One (1) down lined jacket, light blue, found underneath Caitlin Maxwell's body The jacket is extensively stained on both the inside and outside and has numerous slits and tears. One gaping rip or tear in the mid-left to lower left back of the jacket is asymmetrical, measuring 4 inches by 2 inches. One gaping rip in the left upper sleeve of the jacket measures 6 inches. Multiple smaller tears and rips are evident in the sleeves.

Positive for human blood, type A+; DNA analysis pending.
Soil samples from Cameron Maxwell burial site Samples collected from underneath the head's location produced concentrations of bismuth, consistent with that used in nontoxic shotshells. Bismuth not found in other samples or control samples.

Blood and organic material were also found in the samples, consistent with the victim being shot in that location.
Soil samples from Caitlin Maxwell burial site No measurable evidence of blood or other abnormal soil elements. 

Autopsy

Evidence collected during the autopsies of Cameron Maxwell and Caitlin Maxwell on January 15, 2014.

Evidence # and Description

Findings

One (1) pair men's blue jeans Positive for human blood, type A+; DNA analysis pending.

Soil consistent with samples collected at St. Peter's Cemetery
One (1) men's t-shirt, white, long-sleeved Positive for human blood, type A+; DNA analysis pending.

Soil consistent with samples collected at St. Peter's Cemetery
One (1) pair men's briefs, white No significant evidence recovered.
One (1) pair men's athletic socks, white Positive for human blood, type A+; DNA analysis pending.

Soil consistent with samples collected at St. Peter's Cemetery
One (1) pair men's athletic shoes, black Positive for human blood, type A+; DNA analysis pending.

Soil consistent with samples collected at St. Peter's Cemetery
One (1) pair women's blue jeans Positive for human blood, type A+; DNA analysis pending.

Soil consistent with samples collected at St. Peter's Cemetery
One (1) women's turtleneck shirt, light blue, long-sleeved, torn Positive for human blood, type A+; DNA analysis pending.

Soil consistent with samples collected at St. Peter's Cemetery
One (1) women's sweatshirt, white, long-sleeved, torn Positive for human blood, type A+; DNA analysis pending.
One (1) brassiere, white Positive for human blood, type A+; DNA analysis pending.
One (1) pair women's underwear, blue No significant evidence recovered.
One (1) pair women's athletic socks, white No significant evidence recovered.
One (1) pair women's athletic shoes, white Positive for human blood, type A+; DNA analysis pending.

Soil consistent with samples collected at St. Peter's Cemetery