You are the lead investigator who is called to the scene of a potential crime. The victim was found by a bystander at the bottom of a cliff. It appears that she was hiking and fell. There are multiple abrasions all over her body. The body has no identification, and you have no reports of missing persons regarding anyone matching her description.

Consider the first three steps of the Criminal Justice Decision Making Model:

Step One: Define the problem (and the questions that need to be answered): From your reading, pay specific attention to the sections on Challenges in Investigation, Equivocal Death, Suicide, Preliminary Investigation of Homicide, the Homicide Victim, and Estimating the Time of Death. Describe the steps you would take in determining (1) whether this was an accident, suicide, or potential homicide; (2) techniques that could be used to determine time of death; and (3) ways that you might identify the victim.

Step Two: Gather evidence (law, policy, procedure, data) and evaluate for relevancy: Find information on additional forensic techniques that might help in your investigation. What evidence might help you ascertain whether or not an additional person was on the scene? How might that influence your findings?

Step Three: Weigh moral considerations and direct/indirect consequences: What would be the next steps that you might take in this investigation? If you were to identify the victim and find that she was in a relationship with reported accounts of domestic violence, how might this influence your investigation?

Following Steps 4 and 5 of the Criminal Justice Decision Making Model, write a 1.5 -page essay in which you discuss the steps you would take in this investigation. As you write your essay, focus on using effective descriptions to communicate your points. This should include the use of vivid language, creating an experience for your audience, and showing rather than telling what the processes are. Use source material with APA citations to support your points as necessary.

Step Four: Write your proposal, utilizing the above material.

Step Five: Balance your position by addressing alternatives and potential pitfalls.

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