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Trace Evidence Examiner. By Carmen Navia and Alexis Berger. What is Trace Evidence?. Describes any evidence small in size, particularly evidence that would be analyzed with a microscope Caused when objects make contact Collect it by vacuuming, tape lifting, and hand picking evidence .

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Trace evidence examiner

Trace Evidence Examiner

By Carmen Navia and Alexis Berger


What is trace evidence
What is Trace Evidence?

  • Describes any evidence small in size, particularly evidence that would be analyzed with a microscope

  • Caused when objects make contact

  • Collect it by vacuuming, tape lifting, and hand picking evidence


Education
Education

  • Master degree or doctoral degree applicable to the profession

    • Physical or life sciences (chemistry, biology, geology, etc.)

  • At least five years of experience as an examiner in the forensic analysis of at least one trace evidence discipline


Solving crime
Solving Crime

  • Look at the little things that are important to the case

  • Collect physical evidence to link suspects to the crime


Real life trace evidence
Real Life Trace Evidence

  • Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald, Army captain and Green Beret accusedof murdering his pregnant wife and two children in 1970

  • The investigators were suspicious of the doctorbecause of the nature of his wounds – suggesting that they were not defensive and perhaps evenself inflicted.

  • Blue threads that matched the doctor’s pajama top were found under the body of hiswife as well as in the bedroom of both murdered children and even under the fingernails of one ofhis daughters.

  • When MacDonald was confronted with this and other evidence he reportedly stated“You guys are more thorough than I thought”. Dr. MacDonald is currently in prison and stillmaintains his innocence.


Advantages disadvantages
Advantages/disadvantages

Disadvantages

Solve criminal cases

Putting the right people in jail

Cool equipment

Salary is low

Need a lot of schooling

Advantages


Employment
Employment

  • Work in lab

  • Work for a county, town, or city

  • There are not many jobs available


Salary
Salary

  • National Average: $56,000

  • Average Trace Evidence Examiner salaries for job postings nationwide are 11% lower than average salaries for all job postings nationwide


Related careers
Related Careers

  • Physical Scientist

  • Geologist

  • Forensic Examiners


Video
Video

Solved- Trace Evidence.mp4