The police car slowly rolled up to the corpse along the side of the desert road. For miles around, sand dunes silently stood waiting, as if for someone to take away the body. From within his vehicle, Officer Rogers could see that the corpse was that of a young woman. As he pulled over, Rogers radioed back to headquarters that he had arrived at the scene. The desert was cool at night, and he had not packed a warm enough jacket; there had not been time. Approximately fifteen minutes earlier, a call came into police headquarters. A traveller passing down the road had seen the body and called the police on his cellular phone. It was evident that the traveller had not waited to see what would happen. Instead, Rogers was alone with the corpse. Exiting the vehicle, he went over to feel the woman's neck... there was no pulse. Eventually, a detective and an investigation team would arrive to examine the crime scene. Until then, there was nothing he could do except wait for the coroner to come and remove the body.
Crime scene... March 6, 1996... 6:23 A.M.
In a little over fifteen minutes, the C.S.U. (Crime Scene Unit) unit, headed by Detective Sergeant Miller, and composed of Detectives MacArthur and Varnes, arrived at the crime scene. Two other patrolmen, who had arrived just minutes before and were under the command of Lieutenant Foley, had already surrounded the area around the corpse with yellow police tape. An inquisitive tourist or curious passerby could accidently taint evidence by approaching the crime scene. Once the crime scene was secured, the detectives, knowing that there were no eyewitnesses around to question, began to photograph the crime scene. They started out taking long shots from several angles, and eventually moved in for detailed photos of the body. Unfortunately, because of the corpse's location, there was not too much trace evidence (such as fibers or hair), or really anywhere to fingerprint. Aside from the victim's pocketbook, which Detective Varnes was going through to search for identificatin, the only thing that struck Detective MacArthur as interesting was a fancy brooch that the victim was wearing. He removed it carefully, wearing plastic gloves, and slid it into a plastic evidence bag which he initialed. By the time the County Coroner's truck came to take the victim away, the police were done with their preliminary investigation of the crime scene. The coroner and his assistants took measurements of the temperature, weather, and exact location of the body, slid it into a body bag, and drove it away for an autopsy. The investigation into the death of the as-of-yet unidentified girl had begun.
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