Trace Evidence—The Invisible Witness

    Volume 31, Issue 1 (January 1986)

    ISSN: 0022-1198


    Page Count: 8

    Petraco, N
    Detective, New York City Police Department, New York, NY

    (Received 19 February 1985; accepted 3 June 1985)


    This paper reviews the use of microscopic trace evidence in actual casework. Three cases are discussed in which the microscopic analysis of trace evidence was used to: associate the people, places, and things involved in the incident; reconstruct the event; and describe the occupation(s) of the participants. Each case is discussed in detail from the initial stages of the investigation through the use of the trace evidence during the investigation and at the trial.

    Paper ID: JFS11890J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS11890J

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    Title Trace Evidence—The Invisible Witness
    Symposium , 0000-00-00
    Committee E30