Material analysts recognize patterns in any evidence left at a crime scene. They understand the manufacturing process of materials, mechanisms of transference of trace materials and how common a given material is in a specific environment.

Trace evidence does not usually relate evidence to a specific person but rather gives information on the evidence items. Material analysts examine a wide variety of often microscopic evidence such as controlled substances, ignitable liquids in fire debris, hairs, fibers, paint, gastric contents, vehicle lamps, and soil and botanical materials. Their work encompasses the widest range of evidence type and may help to validate or negate a victim’s story and a suspect’s alibi.

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