Viewed in its entirety, the map of evidence suggested the body had simply been broken apart by wave action and possibly coyotes over years as the water became shallower over the site, according to O'Dea. The coroner found no evidence of trauma to the body, although it was too decomposed to tell for sure. To this day, no one really knows what happened to Kim.A new investigative tool
With no hard evidence of a crime, the mysterious case of the life and death of Soon Kim was closed. But O'Dea says some good came out of the investigation. Specifically, he believes the use of GIS and GPS photo-mapping technology could emerge as very useful tools for law enforcement officials who need to preserve a crime scene.
O'Dea believes GPS photo mapping is an excellent tool for investigators to use in spatially piecing together clues that are spread out over large areas. Certain types of crime scenes, such as assaults or rapes or even high-speed chases, often span large areas and leave behind a trail of evidence such as weapons, blood or bullet casings, that can be mapped and analyzed using this technology.
Kevin Corbley is a consultant specializing in geospatial technologies. He may be reached at www.corbleycomunications.com.