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Every crime scene is different and the crime scene investigator should always be prepared for different scenarios that might arise at a scene. If the crime scene investigator fails to examine each crime scene properly it could harm the investigation as well as make it difficult to identify and convict the perpetrator. Some crime scenes might have unsafe situations like the crime scene that was found on Mother’s Day, 2001. A body of a male that seems to be around his 40’s, was found in Antietam Creek and was caught on the bushes on the side of the creek. The body was located north of the Plant at the bottom of a steep hill and just before the Power Plant’s turbine intake tube. The body was located just before the rapids leading
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The steep embankment would make it very difficult for the personnel to climb down without using safety ropes and proper footwear. Along with the equipment needed this could lead to other issues such as injuries, or the possibility of damaging evidence if equipment was to fall down into the water. The body was also found in close proximity of the Power Plant’s turbine intake which could would have to be shut down to assist in the body extraction. Lastly, helicopter and/or boat availability depending on depth of the water for the boat would depend if either of those could assist the crime scene investigation personnel in extracting the body. In the pictures it appears the body is lying in shallow water or is afloat, this could cause an issue with a boat where a shallow draft boat would be needed. To examine the scene, the best way would to start the search up stream for a place of entry, and at the scene swab the body and collect as much evidence as possible before extraction. If an entry point is found, of if there is a sign of struggle, they should use the quadrant search to find the most evidence as possible and keep the entry to the crime scene limited to prevent contamination or destruction. A safe method would be to work alongside the local fire department and their extraction teams to use a litter basket to remove the

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