|Title of host publication
|Encyclopedia of Forensic Sciences
|Subtitle of host publication
|Number of pages
|Published - 1 Jan 2013
The forensic examination of fibers requires an understanding of many facets of the forensic process from the crime scene to the laboratory and, ultimately, the courts. Fiber examination has the potential to contribute forensic intelligence at the investigative stage, especially in helping to answer the 'what happened' question. The role of the crime scene examiner in recognizing the potential of fiber evidence is stressed in this article, as 'evidence not recovered is evidence lost.' The technical and scientific examination of fibers as well as the interpretation of recovered fibers in the forensic context is considered.