Post Number: 361
|Posted on Monday, August 17, 2009 - 08:21 am: ||
Yes, it is not probable, but it is possible to detect an identifiable latent finger or palm print on a single matchstick.
For many years, the FBI displayed a court chart in an FBI Academy (Quantico, VA) training room wherein an FBI Examiner had charted a latent fingerprint identification on a single paper match (I saw the chart back in the years when the FBI taught the now-discontinued Administrative Advanced Latent Fingerprint Course).
It is not often that an identifiable latent finger or palm print is developed on a surface as small as a single paper or wooden match, but it can and does happen. It is a matter of chance whether or not sufficient legible identifying fingerprint ridge detail is deposited on such a small surface.