Check for injured persons, noting any information and actions
pertaining to them.
SAVING HUMAN LIFE TAKES PRIORITY OVER EVERY
OTHER CONSIDERATION OR ACTION.
Spot fragile evidence requiring immediate attention to avoid loss.
During this initial observation, the investigator should also
record the general positions of doors and windows; if doors
and windows are open or closed and any visible locking
devices; if drapes, curtains, or blinds are open or closed and
if lights are on or off and locations of the switches.
Initial observation reveals the door to the room is open and the lights
are on. There is the body of an apparent Caucasian female, partially
clothed lying on her back on the bed.
There is an apparent gunshot
entry wound to the throat. There is a pistol and shell casing on the
floor, a red blood-type stain on the chair seat, red handprinted-type
block letters "BR" on the N wall near the SE corner of the window and a
"Jim Beam" whiskey bottle on the dresser top. The window in the N wall
There is a wall locker in the NW corner of the room with
the door closed. There is no sign of a locking device on the locker or
There are no drapes, curtains, blinds, or shades on the
window. There is no fragile evidence requiring my immediate attention
noticed at this time.
CHECK SEEMINGLY DEAD VICTIMS FOR SIGNS OF LIFE:
Check for evidence of pulse or respiration.
See if the skin is cold and clammy to the touch.
Check victim's response to finger pressure to the eyes.
Look for wounds on the body.
Mentally note any visible signs of exit wounds for follow up when
looking for evidence.
Note the extent of bleeding, color of blood, and signs of drying.
Note signs of livor mortis and/or rigor mortis and their location