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Choosing and Assessing the Appropriate Search Method

You are the search team leader on a homicide crime scene in which a body was located in a small field (approximately 3 acres in size) behind an abandoned warehouse. This area is overgrown with bushes and tall grass, making the job of searching and recovering evidence rather difficult for you and your team. It is up to you to decide which type of search pattern you feel would be best for this crime scene.

What search patterns may be utilized at this crime scene?
What are the pros and cons of the chosen search method?
Reason for using the chosen search pattern for your recovery efforts?
If you had a secondary choice of search patterns, what would that search pattern be, and why?
Why is having a strong foundation in report writing a key characteristic of a successful investigator? Explain.
What types of information would you include in your report with regard to this investigation? Explain.
What types of information would you not include in your report? Why not?

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What search patterns may be utilized at this crime scene?

Zone or quadrant search: The scene is divided into smaller, manageable portions which are searched individually. This will allow for the large scene to be divided into a much smaller scene that enables the team to work collectively toward finding the body over a 3 acre lot.

What are the pros and cons of the chosen search method?

The pros of this type of scene tactic is that it enables the scene to be significantly ...

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