DATE:  October 3, 2005
CONTACT: John Graham, Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Science, College of Science and Technology, (361) 698-1492, (361) 946-7628 (cell); or Melissa Goonan, Public Affairs Manager, (361) 825-2337  

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WHO:           Students from the Biomedical Forensic Science Class at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
WHAT:         Crime Scene Investigation Exercise
WHEN:         Tuesday, October 4 at 5:30 p.m.
WHERE:       Science and Technology Building, Second Floor Laboratory

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Students to Gather Homicide Evidence during Crime Scene Investigation Exercise

Students in the Biomedical Forensic Science class at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will be out to disprove the adage that “dead men tell no tales” when they conduct two simultaneous crime scene investigations on Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 5:30 p.m. beginning in the Science and Technology building’s second-floor laboratory.

Three weeks ago, adjunct professor John Graham stuffed two dummies with raw beef and pork and simulated a kidnapping by placing them in the trunk of a car and moving them to another location. The bodies were left outside where they have decomposed in much the same manner as a human corpse exposed to the elements.

During the investigation, the student sleuths will try to solve the crime by gathering trace evidence such as hairs, fibers and DNA and will also determine an approximate time of death by studying insect activity on the cadaver. Students will wear full crime scene investigation cover in order to make sure the evidence isn’t tainted.

The field exercise is designed to give the students hands-on experiences in the recovering of remains and gathering of evidence.