Forensic Scientist, Montgomery County Police Headquarters, Forensic Science Division, Rockville, Maryland
(Received 1 March 1994; accepted 22 October 1994)
A missing person report was filed with the local Police Department. In the ensuing days it became apparent this was not just a missing person case when a bloody pillow and pillowcase were recovered from a wooded area not far from the missing woman's home. Careful examination of the pillowcase revealed fragments of a bloody fingerprint and bloody patterns that seemed to indicate the type of weapon used. A thorough search of the woman's bedroom resulted in the recovery of three small blood stains, a wig fiber and a head hair. Although the body of the victim was not recovered during the investigation, the evidence collected and techniques used by the forensic investigators resulted in a guilty plea to second degree murder.
Paper ID: JFS13849J