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.
WHICH FORENSIC HERO SOLVED THE CRIME?
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.
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?