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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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
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2010


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