Post Number: 251
|Posted on Monday, January 21, 2008 - 11:06 am: ||
Your query does not mention if the box was taken to a laboratory and processed for latent prints. If that happened, then (as Shell posted below) it may be that there were no identifiable latent finger or palm prints on the box.
However, if police personnel responding to your crime scene merely looked at the box and declared there were no identifiable prints, you might consider contacting their supervisor and requesting reconsideration about collecting the box and submitting it to their police laboratory for examination.
No agency can do everything in every case. Most agencies have policies restricting the types of crime scenes that receive thorough examination. For example, whether or not burglary crime scenes receive processing may depend on the dollar value of loss.
The amount of damage caused by processing must be considered as well. If a radio is stolen from your vehicle's dashboard, you would not normally want the vehicle to be completely processed for latent prints because it would cause tremendously greater damage to the vehicle than the perpetrator(s) caused... and could easily cause more damage than the vehicle is worth if every possible latent print processing technique were applied.
Another option would be to consider hiring a private Latent Print Examiner to completely process the box for latent prints. That would probably destroy the box also. Other complications of hiring a private expert include the inability of a private expert to leverage police computer systems to identify any latent prints he detects. You would have to request that the police accept the evidence produced by your expert and search the latent prints (they may tell you no... many forensic laboratories have policies precluding them from re-examining specimens which were previously examined by another expert).
shell (Unregistered Guest)
Posted From: 184.108.40.206
|Posted on Thursday, January 17, 2008 - 08:35 am: ||
if there were no latent prints on the box then there is nothing to investigate. just because an article has been touched or handled does not mean that fingerprints would be left behind. whether or not prints are left behind depends on a number of factors including the amount of sweat deposited at the point of contact, the constituents of that sweat even the surface that has been touched. different chemicals and powders can yield different results so you could ask which development methods were used and were they the best possible methods available?
Widowmaker624 (Unregistered Guest)
Posted From: 12-192-30-151.cell1net.net
|Posted on Tuesday, January 15, 2008 - 03:09 pm: ||
I just had a box fingerprinted, and there were no prints on it, so they said, how do i further investigate the prints on the box?