CJE 4638L Forensic Death Investigation Lab Summer 2017

Monday (05/15/17) Equivocal Death Investigations Photos

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Instructor Charla Perdue introduces lab safety to students in CJE 4638L
Forensic Death Investigation Lab

 

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Students become familiar with laboratory safety and CYRUN and Alliance
Solution for Higher Education software.

 

3IMG_8047 Practical Homicide Investigation.jpg
Students become familiar with laboratory safety and CYRUN and Alliance
Solution for Higher Education software.

 

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Students become familiar with laboratory safety and CYRUN and Alliance
Solution for Higher Education software.

 

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Learning the logon process with instructor Banyon Pelham.

 

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Students are assigned a cold case and will work together in groups.

 

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The Forensic Lab for the Crime Scene Investigation program at FSU Panama City.

 

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Construction of skeletal remains (using a resin base skeleton model) aids students in real life investigations.

 

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The large bones are laid out.

 

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No bone is the same, deliberation and comparison help to students to
identify skeletal remain.

 

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Students are encouraged to use textbook resources to identify bones.

 

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Identification and assembly of the small bones of the hands and feet begins.

 

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The human hand contains 27 bones; the human foot contains 26.

 

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There are 12 pairs of rib bones to identify.

 

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Determining which foot bone belongs to the left or right foot.

 

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Stacking the vertebrae, looking for missing bones.

 

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2017 Summer Class of CJE 4638L

 

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Bones

Thursday (05/18/17) Outdoor Recovery & Field Methods. Two crime scene sites are identified for this exercise.

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Evidence bags contain artifacts collected at crime scenes.

 

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Students receive instructions for the crime scene exercise, an excavation of two burial sites.

 

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Instructions for crime scene exercise.

 

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Students are instructed in conducting a sweep of the woods, searching
for evidence of buried remains.

 

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Students receive instruction of how to identify and mark a potential crime scene after the passage of time.

 

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Identifying and marking a burial site.

 

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Sweeping with a metal detector aids investigators in uncovering
buried artifacts.

 

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Soft and firm ground is identified and marked.

 

09_IMG_8446 Photographing the crime scene.jpg
Students are taught the importance of photographing and recording the
many aspects of a crime scene.

 

10_IMG_8490 Preparing grid for crime scene.jpg
Ground cover is carefully removed over the site in preparation of laying
a control excavation grid.

 

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Photos of the area surrounding the crime scene and of the crime scene
itself help support the investigation.

 

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Investigators determine the cardinal direction of the burial site and any high ground before laying a grid.

 

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The burial area is measured and a grid layout proceeds.

 

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Photographical evidence continues to be collected as the site is prepared for grid layout.

 

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Detailed sketches are made of the burial area, grid layout and excavation process.

 

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Large debris are removed from the surface of the burial site in preparation of excavation.

 

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Defining and marking burial site.

 

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The top layer of debris is removed to buckets for sifting in a methodical and even process.

 

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Student use a probe to define soft and firm soil in identifying the size of a
burial area.

 

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Investigators clearly identifying the path to the crime scene area.

 

22_IMG_8580 Sketching of crime scene.jpg
Investigators make a sketch of the pathway to the crime scene
and area searched.

 

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Photographing the crime scene area is part of the collection of evidence.

 

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Photographing marked evidence before removal to an evidence bag.

 

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The burial area is measured prior to setting up a grid for excavation.

 

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Earth is carefully and evenly scrapped away for sifting, this process is compared to draining a bath tub.

 

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Earth from the burial site is sifted for evidence.

 

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Sketching of the burial site and where evidence is uncovered is important
to an investigation.

 

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Earth is carefully and evenly scraped away from one of the burial sites.

 

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Collected evidence is placed in specially marked evidence bags and sealed
with specially marked evidence tape.

 

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Collected evidence is placed in specially marked evidence bags and sealed
with specially marked evidence tape.

 

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Skeletal remains are slowly uncovered as layers are removed from the burial site.

 

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Skeletal remains are slowly uncovered as layers are removed from the burial site.

 

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Prior to removal to an evidence bag, the evidence location is measured using a level (pink line) and plumb bob
(yellow line), the location is noted in a sketch, and then photographed.

 

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Sketches are made throughout the excavation.

 

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Earth continues to be carefully and evenly scraped away, placed in a bucket and sifted.

 

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Turkey and chicken carcasses have been left out near the crime scene to show decomposition and the
infestation of larval insects and other entomological species.

 

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Skeletal remains and articles of clothing are slowly uncovered.

 

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Skeletal remains and articles of clothing are slowly uncovered.

 

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Skeletal remains and articles of clothing are slowly uncovered.

 

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Earth is carefully sorted and sifted for evidence.

 

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Prior to removal to an evidence bag, investigators mark evidence location,
taking measurements using a level (pink line) and plumb bob, note the
location in a sketch, and photographed it.

 

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Prior to removal to an evidence bag, investigators mark evidence location,
taking measurements using a level and plumb bob (yellow line), note the
location in a sketch, and photographed it.

 

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Prior to removal to an evidence bag, investigators mark evidence location,
taking measurements using a level and plumb bob (yellow line), note the
location in a sketch, and photographed it.

 

46_IMG_8931 Measuring plumb bob.jpg
Prior to removal to an evidence bag, investigators mark evidence location,
taking measurements using a level (pink line) and plumb bob (yellow line),
note the location in a sketch, and photographed it.

 

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Prior to removal to an evidence bag, investigators mark evidence location,
taking measurements using a level (pink line) and plumb bob (yellow line),
note the location in a sketch, and photographed it.

 

48_IMG_8945 Bagging evidence.jpg
Prior to removal to an evidence bag, investigators mark evidence location,
taking measurements using a level (pink line) and plumb bob, note the
location in a sketch, and photographed it.

 

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Prior to removal to an evidence bag, investigators mark evidence location, taking measurements using a level
(pink line) and plumb bob, note the location in a sketch, and photographed it.

 

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Skeletal remains are carefully and painstakingly exposed and left undisturbed as much as possible to determine
completeness before it is eventual removed from the burial site.

 

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Skeletal remains are finally removed and reconstructed on a tarp near the
burial site; a metal detector is used to sweep the site for hidden evidence.

 

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Skeletal remains are finally removed and reconstructed on a tarp near the
burial site; a metal detector is used to sweep the site for hidden evidence.

 


Friday (05/119/17) Outdoor recovery and Forensic Entomology, and Exercise Presentations Photos

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Students receive instruction for the collection of larval insects and other entomological species that may be
at a crime scene.

 

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Example of some of the equipment used in collecting specimens.

 

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Students arrive at where the crime scene exercise and specimen collection takes place.

 

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Students receive further instruction for the collection of specimens and the proper preparation of
containers for the laboratory.

 

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Students receive further instruction for the collection of specimens and the proper preparation of containers
for the laboratory.

 

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Students receive further instruction for the collection of specimens and the proper preparation of containers
for the laboratory.

 

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Turkey and chicken carcasses were allowed to decompose in a controlled environment for the
collection of specimens.

 

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Students help to set up the next year’s crime scene exercise by reburying skeletal remains and artifacts
related to the crime scene scenario.

 

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Students help to set up the next year’s crime scene exercise by reburying skeletal remains and artifacts
related to the crime scene scenario.

 

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Students help to set up the next year’s crime scene exercise by reburying
skeletal remains and artifacts related to the crime scene scenario.

 

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Students help to set up the next year’s crime scene exercise by reburying
skeletal remains and artifacts related to the crime scene scenario.

 

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Students help to set up the next year’s crime scene exercise by reburying
skeletal remains and artifacts related to the crime scene scenario.

 

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The burial site is returned to a condition that will help it to blend into the
surrounding woods over time.

 

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Students are shown several methods of netting insects for
specimen collection.

 

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Wide-mouth collecting jars are used to capture and preserve flying insects
from the crime scene.

 

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Chemical preservatives are used to preserve specimens.

 

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Chemical preservatives are used to preserve specimens.

 

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Chemical preservatives are used to preserve specimens.

 

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Detailed notes are taken of the specimens collected and the conditions specimens were found in including
temperature, weather, date, time and relationship to the crime scene.

 

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Students collect flies as part of the specimen collection from a crime scene.

 

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Maggots are collected and preserved in small tubes; they are sent to the
laboratory to aid investigators determine the conditions surrounding a death.

 

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Maggots are collected and preserved in small tubes; they are sent to the laboratory to aid investigators
determine the conditions surrounding a death.

 

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Maggots are collected and preserved in small tubes; they are sent to the
laboratory to aid investigators determine the conditions surrounding a death.

 

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Maggots are collected and preserved in small tubes; they are sent to the
laboratory to aid investigators determine the conditions surrounding a death.

 

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Maggots are collected and preserved in small tubes; they are sent to the
laboratory to aid investigators determine the conditions surrounding a death.

 

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Maggots are collected and preserved in small tubes; they are sent to the
laboratory to aid investigators determine the conditions surrounding a death.

 

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Part of specimen collection is noting the ambient air temperature, the
maggot mass temperature and the ground temperature.

 

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Maggots are collected and preserved in small tubes; they are sent to the
laboratory to aid investigators determine the conditions surrounding a death.

 

29_IMG_9257 Recording data.jpg
Detailed notes are taken of the specimens collected and the conditions specimens were found in including
temperature, weather, date, time and relationship to the crime scene.

 

30_IMG_9262 Catching specimens.jpg
Students collect flies as part of the specimen collection from a crime scene.

 

31_IMG_9267 Preserving specimens.jpg
Students collect flies as part of the specimen collection from a crime scene.

 

32_IMG_9270 Recording data.jpg
Detailed notes are taken of the specimens collected and the conditions specimens were found in including
temperature, weather, date, time and relationship to the crime scene.

 

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The two investigation teams begin preparing their presentations of the two crime scenes, notes and
photographs are reviewed and organized for presentation.

 

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The two investigation teams begin preparing their presentations of the two
crime scenes, notes and photographs are reviewed and
organized for presentation.

 

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The two investigation teams begin preparing their presentations of the two crime scenes, notes and
photographs are reviewed and organized for presentation.

 

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The two investigation teams begin preparing their presentations of the
two crime scenes, notes and photographs are reviewed and organized
for presentation.

 

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The two investigation teams begin preparing their presentations of the two crime scenes, notes and
photographs are reviewed and organized for presentation.

 

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The two investigation teams begin preparing their presentations of the two crime scenes, notes and
photographs are reviewed and organized for presentation.

 

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Students present their findings.

 

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Students present their findings.

 

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Students present their findings.

 

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Students present their findings.

 

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Students present their findings.