Volume 36, Issue 5 (September 1991)

    Obliteration of Latent Fingerprints

    (Received 4 December 1990; accepted 8 February 1991)


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    Comprehensive trials have established that latent fingerprints can be rendered partially or totally unidentifiable during print development by the following:

    (a) ridge smearing, which depends on the type and age of the latent print and also on the type of brush and brushing procedures used, and

    (b) overpowdering and/or overbrushing of the print.

    These causes of pattern obscuration are discussed in terms of their implications for fingerprint development procedures, since up to 10% of prints developed at crime scenes can be difficult or even impossible to identify.

    Author Information:

    Wilshire, B
    Research fellow and professor, University College, Swansea,

    Pounds, CA
    Research scientist, Central Research and Support Establishment, The Forensic Science Service, Aldermaston, Reading, Berkshire

    James, JD
    Research fellow and professor, University College, Swansea,

    Stock #: JFS13159J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS13159J

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    Title Obliteration of Latent Fingerprints
    Symposium , 0000-00-00
    Committee E30