Optimizing underwater visual records for crime scene investigations in water with clear to reduced visibility

Paba, Rossella, Moniz, Rhonda, and Magni, Paola A. (2023) Optimizing underwater visual records for crime scene investigations in water with clear to reduced visibility. Forensic Science International: Synergy, 6. 100329.

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Abstract

A “crime scene” can be defined as a place where a crime has been committed and forensic evidence may be gathered. However, at some scenes, the “crime scene do not cross” tape cannot be placed, forensic experts cannot attend as direct responders, and evidence can be washed away: when the crime scene happens to occur in a body of water, the investigation process can be extremely complex and the outcome of it highly affected by the limitation of equipment and procedures available. However, with an estimated 236,000 annual drowning deaths worldwide (World Health Organization data 2021), several mass disasters occurring in or caused by bodies of water (i.e., boat sinking, tsunami, flooding), a large number of dangerous water-related sports and the never-ending opportunity to conceal body remains in wells, rivers, lakes, cisterns, aquatic environments are common crime scene scenarios.

Item ID: 79000
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2589-871X
Copyright Information: © 2023 Published by Elsevier B.V. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2024 03:44
FoR Codes: 46 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 4604 Cybersecurity and privacy > 460404 Digital forensics @ 100%
SEO Codes: 23 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 2304 Justice and the law > 230404 Law enforcement @ 100%
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