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Laboratory Can Help Investigator Pluck Arson Evidence Out of Debris

Issue 8 and Volume 131.

Laboratory Can Help Investigator Pluck Arson Evidence Out of Debris features AMERICA’S MALIGNANT CRIME Beware arsonists! A new era has begun with the arrival of qualified, well-educated fire investigators who know where to sample and what to sample to prove their investigative findings. The time is right for all forensic laboratories to take notes and become familiar with the laboratory needs of fire investigators. The time is right to provide the fire investigator with laboratory results quickly and accurately. It is important for all parties involved (fire investigators, laboratory personnel and legal counsel) to be aware of their interdependence. No link in the chain can be broken if the case is to be brought to a successful conclusion. It is important to realize at the beginning that finding evidence of incendiarism may be analogous to finding a needle in a haystack. A trained fire investigator, however, with the help of…

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