Trace Evidence Overview

C. Roux, J. Robertson

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The forensic examination of trace evidence requires an understanding of the many facets of the forensic process from the crime scene to the laboratory and, ultimately, the courts. Trace evidence 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 value of trace evidence is stressed in this article as 'evidence not recovered is evidence lost.' The technical and scientific examination of trace evidence as well as the interpretation of recovered trace evidence in the forensic context is considered.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Forensic Sciences
Subtitle of host publicationSecond Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9780123821652
ISBN (Print)9780123821669
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013


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