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Old 03-15-2016, 02:44 PM   #41
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Holding the bottle on the sides with one's hands or anything else will smear the fingerprints, making them useless for identification.

Fingerprints are made of the oils secreted along the ridge lines of everyone's fingers and are thus very delicate, except on paper, where it is absorbed into the fibers.

If the bottle needs to be opened to count the pills I'd suggest placing the bottle on a table, handling it by the cap only because that is usually ribbed and won't hold a fingerprint anyway, and then hold it on the very bottom with a pair of pliers to avoid as much as possible smearing the prints. That way one can push down on the cap and turn it without relying on the grip of the pliers to keep it from slipping lengthwise.
Abby Sciuto could get a fingerprint off of the cap.

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Old 03-15-2016, 02:48 PM   #42
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Originally Posted by harley View Post
Abby Sciuto could get a fingerprint off of the cap.
Ah, I'm sure he could but he has an unlimited budget and some science fiction working for him. The rest of us have to live in the real world.

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Old 03-15-2016, 11:37 PM   #43
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Old 03-16-2016, 06:12 AM   #44
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Abby Sciuto could get a fingerprint off of the cap.

Not only could Abby get fingerprints off the cap, she could identify the suspect and and find her on some random security camera, thus pinpointing het exact location before Gibbs even finishes his coffee. Oh, and BTW, some traces of oil on the suspects fingers were traced to a specific field in East Bumpkinstan. The perp is a decorated Navy vet being treated for PTSD.

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