Super Sleuth Challenge Answer – Muddy Murder

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Photo by bvdwiel

We have a case of muddy murder! 

Here is what really happened:

A man went hiking while on a camping trip. He was shot twice in the same hole of his hunting vest. At first it looked like a tragic accident, but when the second bullet was discovered it became a homicide investigation.

When his wife came for help she wore hunting coveralls that were muddy up to the knees. Also, camping nearby was her ex-husband who claimed his .308 rifle and ammunition was missing. He said it had been stolen from his camp.

Two men from a nonprofit law enforcement consulting agency were brought in to search for the missing rifle. While studying the case, one of the men realized that the mud on the wife’s clothing might match that of a cattle pond across the road from her camp. That is the direction she would have needed to go to steal the rifle from her ex-husband and effectively frame him for the murder of her husband.

They took samples from the wife’s coveralls and sent it to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. After examining the mud on the woman’s coveralls and comparing it to the clay in the pond near her ex-husband’s camp, the forensic scientist trained in geology concluded that it was indeed a match.  

Since the clay in that particular pond was unique to any other in the area, the wife was convicted of murder. To read more details about this crime click here.


1. Forensic Scientist Trained in Geology

What exactly do forensic geologists do?

Forensic geologists study soil samples on the body and match it to the location the body was found to confirm that the murder occurred in that location. They also match soil samples on suspects’ clothing or shoes to place them at the scene.

Did you know that forensic geologists also helped in finding the location of Osama bin Laden?

A forensic geologist studied one of the recordings he made prior to his death in which there was a sound of a distinct outcrop. This allowed him to be tracked to a certain region.

If you were a forensic expert, what area would you most want to specialize in?




About Michelle Lim

Author Michelle Lim is the Brainstorming/Huddle Coach with My Book Therapy Press and the Midwest Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers. Michelle’s romantic suspense is represented by Karen Solem of Spencillhill Associates and has gained contest recognition in the Frasier, the Genesis, and the Phoenix Rattler, winning the Genesis in 2015 for her genre. Michelle writes devotionals for The Christian Pulse Online Magazine and Putting On The New. Since her nonfiction book release, Idea Sparking: How To Brainstorm Conflict In Your Novel, through public speaking and online chats Michelle helps writers discover the revolutionary power of brainstorming to bring new life to their stories.

7 thoughts on “Super Sleuth Challenge Answer – Muddy Murder

  1. dtopliff says:

    Yes, I’d specialize in something like soil samples, or footprints, or tire treads–not blood & gore samples. Great posts!

  2. I’d like to be whatever Patrick Bowers is in Steven James’ novels.:-) I think I’d actually like any of the specialties.

  3. Reblogged this on P T Bradley and commented:
    I love the way Michelle Lim researches these cases. Read the answer then check out yesterday’s post to see the case.

  4. JaniceG says:

    I don’t know if there are specialties in botany and entomology, but those sound good to me. Plants and bugs! It would be fun to work with the beauties and uglies of God’s creation. Solving crime to help the highest form of God’s creation sounds like a worthy occupation.

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