ON THE COVER: In this case study, fluorescent lifters were used to recover and visualize blood stains that are believed to be anywhere from 100 to possibly 500 years old. Read more in the current issue of ETM.



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Check out the latest products and services for use at the crime scene, laboratory, and beyond.

Shooting Incident Documentation with 3D Laser Scanners

As the number of shooting incidents continues to rise in the United States, proper documentation of these scenes becomes more imperative. Using 3D laser scanning, investigators can create the foundation for visual storytelling.

Secure Disposal of Electronic Devices

It is incumbent upon the property and evidence department to dispose of smartphones, tablets, laptops, smartwatches, and other portable electronic devices in a secure manner that protects the owner's privacy as well as the reputation of the agency.

Drones for Law Enforcement and Evidence Collection

How drones are being used by law enforcement and investigators to gather information and document evidence from above or even ground level.

Case Study: One Impressive Projectile

This case study looks at a self-sustained gunshot wound with two entrance wounds and two exit wounds.

Mass Spec, First Responders, and a National Drug Epidemic

Recent advancements in chemical detection technology, specifically the miniaturization of mass spectrometry into handheld devices, now puts first-line responders into a better-equipped position to manage these hazards and work in the community while minimizing risk to their own lives.

Future Outlook of Next Generation Sequencing in Forensic Science

Next Generation Sequencing is being applied to criminal cases, mass disasters, and missing persons forensic casework. But what does the future look like for NGS, and what challenges does it face for further implementation in forensic laboratories?

Three Days of Digital Forensics Learning at PFIC

Learning the tips and tricks of the digital forensic investigative field can be a full-time job. So there is no better opportunity than to take advantage of excellent training options with industry experts all in one location. That is where the PFIC event comes in to help.

Announcing ISHI 32: Attend In-Person or Virtually!

The 32nd International Symposium on Human Identification (ISHI 32) will be held this September at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Florida. Long-time conference attendees might remember that Coronado Springs Resort played host to ISHI 10 in the way back year of 1999.

Woman Identified Through Genetic Genealogy After Almost 55 Years

January 20, 2021—A young woman’s identity was brought to light this week, almost 55 years after she was found drowned in Pecos, Texas motel swimming pool. The case came together through DNA technology, genetic genealogy, community support, and teamwork.


Forensic Podiatry (Part Two of Two)

THE DISCIPLINE of forensic podiatry—or, in other words, the examination of pedal evidence—has progressed significantly over the past ten years. It is no longer a question of “What can you do with a footprint?” but rather, “Who can we use to evaluate the footprint?” Cases involving pedal evidence, especially bloody footprints and issues of determining shoe sizing or fit issues compared to questioned footwear, have become more common over the past two or three years.