Crime Scene Investigations

By scanning an area for possible evidence, an officer with a thermal imager can find hidden evidence more quickly and efficiently.


I took a look at the bag with the TI. The decomposing body radiated its heat through the bag, and it had the clear shape of a four-legged animal. This lowered our concern about how to treat the scene. We opened the bag and found a paw, confirming that it was an animal, not a human.

Conclusion

Tracking down small pieces of evidence, especially in poor lighting, can be a great challenge. Similarly, finding tossed evidence after a foot pursuit can be nearly impossible. However, if the items have any retained heat, a thermal imager can help locate the items quickly and easily.

And sometimes finding that one extra piece of evidence is all it takes to make a case.

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