CRJS471 DB3

Apr 15th, 2015
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You have been dispatched to the scene of a homicide where a body was discovered in a field. The victim appears to have been shot several times and then burned. The identity of the deceased is in question, and the lead detective asks you whether DNA would be useful in this case to determine the identity of the deceased. •What would you advise the detective? •What type of DNA analysis is most useful on burned bodies? Is it useful in all cases in which there has been a badly burned body? •Would you recover the DNA at the crime scene, or would you instead let the medical examiner recover the DNA evidence from the body? •From what relative would a sample be taken from if a possible match were to be made? Suggestions for Responding to Peer Posts •Do you agree or disagree with any aspects of the how the student would advise the detective? •Would you do anything differently to ensure the DNA evidence is useful to your investigation? • Are there other factors to consider?

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CRJS471-DB3NameClassDateProfessorCRJS471-DB3 When a body is located where it will be difficult to make an identification police will need to develop alternative ways of determining the identity of the body. In this case a body has been found in a field. The body is badly burned and there are also gunshots wounds present on the body. The first step is to collect evidence that might point to the identity of the victim. For example investigators will search around and the body to locate potential identification of clues that would point to the identity of the victim. The crime scene will also provide the detectives with potential evidence pointing to a suspect in order to identify the victim. When a body is burned beyond recognition all of the usual methods for identifying a body are not available so investigators can conduct DNA testing. When a body is badly burned a DNA analysis will be conducted but the type of DNA analysis will depend on the extent of the burn on the body. If there is available tissues, skin, or organs a RFLP technique DNA analysis can be conducted in order to develop a genetic profile on the victim but if the body is too badly b

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