Post Number: 303
|Posted on Wednesday, June 18, 2008 - 06:23 am: ||
When your friend bagged the flashlight, they may have destroyed their (and any other) fingerprints on that non-porous surface. See the FAQs for more information.
Andrew Reitnauer (Areitnau)
Post Number: 10
|Posted on Tuesday, June 17, 2008 - 02:34 pm: ||
It is possible. Although a person knows to have touched an object their fingerprints may not be on the item. A latent print is a very fragile entity, composed primarily of water (98-99%). Any contact with an outside surface may wipe away any prints, textures surfaces are not as condusive to fingerprints, the type of surface, if the person's skin was dry, etc.
I hope that helps!
william savage (Will1969)
Post Number: 1
|Posted on Tuesday, June 17, 2008 - 01:42 pm: ||
My friend's house was broken into and the person left behind a flashlight. My friend picked up the flashlight and bagged it. The police report came back and stated that no prints were found. My friend finds this hard to beleive as he touched the flashlight himself. He figured that even if the person responsible for the crime wore gloves that at least his prints would have showed as he handled the item himself. Is this possible?