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Yoknapatawpha County Forensic Laboratory

DATE ANALYSIS PERFORMED:
 11/26/2011

 Madeline Holland, Ph.D.
 555 Jackson Avenue
 Oxford, MS 38655
 662-234-XXXX (FAX 662-234-XXXX)

 Analysis: Trace Evidence Analysis ** RUSH **

REPORT OF TRACE EVIDENCE ANALYSIS

Case Description:
 Unidentified Woman Homicide

Investigative Agency:
 Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department

Case #:
 003162-23K-2011

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


The items analyzed included:

Item

Description

003161-01

One (1) cardboard six pack of Imported Newcastle Brown Ale with numbers written on side in blue ink.

003161-02

One (1) wrinkled hand written note on white plain paper with blue ink with minor tearing on upper edge and on right hand edge

003161-03

One (1) pack of Pall Mall Lights 100's cigarettes (blue with white lettering)

003161-04

One (1) empty pack of Zig Zag cigarette rolling papers

003161-05

One (1) pair of men's plaid boxer underwear, size 34-36 medium

003161-06 through 003161-07

Two (2) vaginal swabs taken with rape kit from victim

003161-08 through 003161-14

Seven (7) pubic hairs taken by combing with rape kit from victim

003161-15 through 003161-19

Five (5) nail clippings taken with rape kit from left hand from victim

003161-20 through 003161-24

Five (5) nail clippings taken with rape kit from right hand from victim

003161-25

One (1) pair of flowered womens brief underwear size 5

Preliminary Findings:

  • Item 003161-01 (cardboard six pack) was dusted with magnetic powders. Three (3) full prints were found which one of has 12 points of similarity to the victim.
  • Item 003161-02 (wrinkled hand written note) was dusted with magnetic powders. Four (4) partial prints were found with one print having 6 points of similarity to the victim and one with 3 points of similarity to the victim.
  • Item 003161-03 (pack of Pall Mall Lights) was dusted with magnetic powder. Two (2) full prints were found, with one having 12 points of similarity to the victim.
  • Item 003161-04 (Zig Zag cigarette rolling papers) was dusted with magnetic powder. Two (2) partial prints were found with none having similarity to the victim.
  • Item 003161-05 (men's plaid boxer underwear) was examined using an alternate light source.
    • Biological material was discovered on inner front of object.
    • Biological material analyzed and was found to be consistent with semen.
  • Items 003161-06 and 003161-07 (vaginal swabs) were analyzed and found to be consistent with female body fluids. No semen or blood were present.
  • Items 003161-08 through 003161-14 (pubic hairs) were analyzed microscopically. Pubic hairs were microscopically similar to those of the victim.
  • Items 003161-15 through 003161-19 (nail clippings) were scraped and microscopically analyzed. No foreign or biological materials were found.
  • Items 003161-20 through 003161-24 (nail clippings) were scraped and microscopically analyzed. No foreign or biological materials were found.
  • Item 003161-25 (pair of flowered womens brief) was examined using an alternate light source. For item 000034-02-025, female body fluids were found to be present, no other foreign or biological materials were present.

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Comments (4)

  1. Sophie1752

Letter is on cheap plain paper and wrtten in blue biro ink. This suggests the writer was not overly rich and does not care for perfection-only that message was recieved clearly. There are crease lines suggest the letter has been folded with both...

Letter is on cheap plain paper and wrtten in blue biro ink. This suggests the writer was not overly rich and does not care for perfection-only that message was recieved clearly. There are crease lines suggest the letter has been folded with both ends inwards towards middle- so not folded into a tiny square- kept in a rather large pocket. (other creases and rips point towards the assumption that it was kept in pocket.) A few letters emphasised as well as drawing (The y in 'do you' has been drawn twice in the same place shown by two seperate lines that make up the one right branch of the y) suggests person was in no hurry to write letter (people usually do this when waiting or bored). The handwriting is messy and unjoined- so maybe someone who does not write manually often (if person written by hand all the time likely to have neat handwriting). Incorrect use of punctuation- questionable english skills-maybe someone who relys on spell-check or the use of computers when writing.

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  1. Sophie1752

Language in letter 'baby' and 'two together' suggests a boyfriend/girlfriend or simaler affair situation involving jealousy as a motive. Two possible scenarios are then presented from the language.
One- (If the letter was indended to the...

Language in letter 'baby' and 'two together' suggests a boyfriend/girlfriend or simaler affair situation involving jealousy as a motive. Two possible scenarios are then presented from the language.
One- (If the letter was indended to the victim.)The comment 'just ask your cat' implies that the cat is a pet animal and not a persons name because of the use of the word 'your' indicating owenership. 'I will make you pay'- the letter was a warning and written before the girl died- not a mocking letter left with the body.
Two- (if the letter was intended towards someone assosiated to the victim) The girl's name could have been 'cat' maybe a nickname for catherine? The intended recipient could have been a boyfriend to the girl or some other close relationship which explains the language of 'your cat' - that comment would then be mocking, a warning left with a body to stay away from someone.

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  1. Sophie1752

The girls physical appearence- black dress, nails, pink streaks in hair, eyeliner, tatoo's and jewellary indicates a 'punk' stereotype. So it is quite likely that the girl hung around with people who has simaler dress habits. The killer seemed to...

The girls physical appearence- black dress, nails, pink streaks in hair, eyeliner, tatoo's and jewellary indicates a 'punk' stereotype. So it is quite likely that the girl hung around with people who has simaler dress habits. The killer seemed to know the victim and it had the punk sign on the letter, which further increases the chance of that assumption being correct. The girls eyebrows were neat, the hair styled and make-up carefully applied (her eyeliner is in straight lines-no smudges or mistakes) which suggests she was very concious about her appearence- she cared about her appearence. It seems unlikely that the girl written the letter intended for someone else as her appearence indicates she wasn't messy- one would expect the same traits to be transferred into other aspects such as hand-writing. The girl would have been heavy to carry, which suggests male, boxers found which suggests male and cigerettes found is statistically more likely to be male but that it unsure.

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  1. msdetective

she caught her boyfriend cheating and committed suicide, that about wraps it up and the reason is plain to see, nobody cared. the only friends she had were the same as the fake ones she lays with now.

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