Evidence: Trace Evidence Analysis
Yoknapatawpha County Forensic Laboratory
DATE ANALYSIS PERFORMED:
Madeline Holland, Ph.D. Analysis: Trace Evidence Analysis
555 Jackson Avenue
Oxford, MS 38655
662-234-XXXX (FAX 662-234-XXXX)
REPORT OF TRACE EVIDENCE ANALYSIS
Case Description: Investigative Agency:
Kristal B. Waterson Homicide Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department
Case #: Investigating Officer(s):
001294-23E-2004 Det. T. Armtrong, Det. S. Murphy
Items obtained from the search of the residence and vehicle of Nathaniel Harrison "Hunter" Nelson were
examined for trace evidence. The items analyzed included:
001294-30 through 001294-35 Six (6) pairs of men's trousers, khaki, size 32"x33"
001294-36 through 001294-41 Six (6) men's oxford cloth button-down shirts, blue, size 15-1/2" neck, 32"
001294-42 One (1) baseball cap, white, Greek letters "Δ Τ Χ" on cap
001294-43 through 001294-45 Three (3) pairs men's athletic shoes, size 10
001294-46-001 One (1) pair men's running shoes, red and blue, size 10
001294-46-002 One (1) pair men's athletic shorts, dark blue, size M
001294-46-003 One (1) athletic supporter, size M
001294-46-004 One (1) pair men's athletic socks, white, size 10
001294-46-005 One (1) cotton men's t-shirt, dark blue with dark-colored stains, size M
001294-48 One (1) used latex condom
001294-49 One (1) 2"x3" swatch with suspicious stain
001294-H001 through 001294- Three (3) long blonde hairs
001294-H004 through 001294- Seven (7) short dark hairs visually consistent with pubic hairs
Items 001294-30 through 001294-45 and 001294-46-001 through 001294-46-005 were examined
using an alternate light source.
o For items 001294-30 through 001294-41, no hairs or other biological material were discovered.
o For items 001294-42 through 001294-45 and 001294-46-001 through 001294-46-005, all hairs
and other biological material discovered were microscopically similar to those of Nathaniel
Item 001294-48 was swabbed internally and externally. The residue from the swabs dissolved in
methylene chloride (organic) and water (aqueous).
o The organic portion was analyzed by FT-IR revealing the presence of polydimethylsiloxane
(PDMS) from the external swab.
o The aqueous extract from the internal swab was analyzed for the presence of DNA. Insufficient
quantities of DNA were found.
o The aqueous extract from the external swab was analyzed for the presence of DNA and found to
contain sufficient quantity and quality. The DNA was submitted for STR analysis.
Item 001294-49 was viewed with an alternate light source and found to contain possible biological
material. The stain was negative for the presence of blood. Microscopic evaluation yielded the presence
of epidermal cells. The quality and quantity of DNA present was sufficient, and the sample was
submitted for STR analysis.
Items 001294-H001 through 001294-H003 were microscopically similar to those of the victim, Kristal
Items 001294-H004 through 001294-H010 were analyzed microscopically. Comparison to the pubic
hair of the victim revealed that:
o 001294-H004, 001294-H005, 001294-H007, and 001294-H010 were microscopically similar to
that of the victim's hair.
o 001294-H006 and 001294-H009 were microscopically similar to those of Nathaniel Harrison
o 001294-H008 was not consistent with those of the victim or Nathaniel Harrison Nelson.