Chemical enhancement of footwear impressions in blood deposited on fabric — evaluating the use of alginate casting materials followed by chemical enhancement

Kevin J. Farrugia, Niamh NicDaéid, Kathleen A. Savage, Helen Bandey

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Abstract

Most footwear marks made in blood on a surface such as fabric tend to be enhanced in situ rather than physically recovered using a lifting technique prior to enhancement. This work reports on the use of an alginate material to recover the impressed footwear marks made in blood and deposited on a range of fabric types and colours. The lifted marks were then enhanced using acid black 1 and leuco crystal violet with excellent results. This presents a new method for the lifting and recovery of blood impressions in situ from crime scene followed by subsequent mark enhancement of the lifted impression.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8-13
Number of pages6
JournalScience & Justice
Volume53
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2010

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Farrugia, Kevin J. ; NicDaéid, Niamh ; Savage, Kathleen A. ; Bandey, Helen. / Chemical enhancement of footwear impressions in blood deposited on fabric — evaluating the use of alginate casting materials followed by chemical enhancement. In: Science & Justice. 2010 ; Vol. 53, No. 1. pp. 8-13.
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