Forensic Case #356228 Essay

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In the Forensic Case #356228, skeletal remains of both human and animal were discovered in a hunting area. The skeletal remains were of potential victims named as either Robert Rutherford or Stephen Morton. Robert Rutherford, potential victim #1, was an African American, 65 years or age, had a pacemaker, carried a Gerber 650 knife, had unknown religious affiliations, and was 5’ft 6”inches tall. Potential victim #2, was Stephen Morton, a Caucasian 40 years of age, had a heart condition, was a hunter in the same area, also had unknown religious affiliations, carried a Gerber 650 knife, and was 5’ ft 7” inches tall.
One anthropologist stated that the evidence supported the theory that the skeletal remains belonged to potential victim #1. Therefore, the prosecution argued that the skeletal remains were that of Robert Rutherford, who went missing four years ago. It is known that the victim and the defendant had some misunderstandings about the hunting area and fought to hunt certain places in the area. On the other hand, another anthropologist stated the opposite and the defense argued that the skeletal remains did not belong to Robert Rutherford, but instead were that of Stephen Morton, who hunted in the area and went missing two years prior to Robert Rutherford. Stephen Morton had no known connections to the defendant, therefore concluding him innocent in the defense’s mind. There are some various similarities found in the case that could point in either the defense or prosecution, therefore the case needs to be revaluated for a third opinion.
The crime scene was located in a deer hunting area in a meadow. There were several different types of trees and foliage surrounding the area where the skeletal remains were discovered. The entrance to the crime scene looked well traveled possibly by other hunters or hikers. The skeletal remains were fairly visible considering the amount of brush that covered the area. The area was cleared of all vegetation and bones excavated carefully with special tools.
There seemed to be a mixture of both human remains and animal remains located at the crime scene. Due to the area that the remains were found there was a possibility that animal remains (deer) would be found within the bone scatter. Upon closer inspection of the skeletal remains (notes and photos), the upper half of the body revealed a bullet in what seemed to be the chest/middle-rib area. There was also an electrical device located in the upper right area of the skeletal remains. This electronic device could possibly be a pacemaker, GPS, or a pocket watch. The human skeletal remains were dressed in camouflage hunting attire.
The animal remains located at the crime scene also revealed a bullet near what would be the top right eye of the deer. A rosary was found on the direct opposite side of the deer skull some distance away. The deer remains were located more towards the lower half of the human skeletal remains.
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