Crime Scene Reconstruction
Crime Scene Reconstruction is the process of taking all available information, with a focus on physical evidence, to determine the facts and circumstances surrounding a crime, a suicide, or an accident. The crime scene reconstructionist seeks to answer the following:
- WHAT HAPPENED?
- HOW DID IT HAPPEN?
- WHERE DID IT HAPPEN?
- WHY DID IT HAPPEN?
- WHEN DID IT HAPPEN?
- WHO WAS INVOLVED?
Proper crime scene reconstruction is conducted in three phases:
- Investigation: the crime scene is examined and documented to determine what evidence is present without consideration to the particular meaning of any of the evidence.
- Analysis: individual items of evidence, or groups of related evidence, are examined to determine their individual significance without respect to how those items fit into the overall reconstruction of the crime.
- Reconstruction: all evidence, including testimonial and documentary evidence, is taken into consideration to determine how the crime took place.
GSI can provide a variety of crime scene reconstruction services including:
- Bloodstain pattern analysis,
- Shooting incident reconstruction,
- Fingerprint evidence collection,
- Collection of blood and biological evidence for submission to a DNA laboratory,
- Search for trace and biological evidence
- photograph and videotape scenes and physical evidence,
crime scene diagrams