Week 5 Criminal Investigation Assignment

Written Assignment 2

Ten-year old Denise was playing in a school parking lot with her 9-year-old stepbrother, Jerry. A car pulled up to the curb next to the lot, and the man driving the car motioned for Denise and Jerry to come over. When the man asked where they lived, Denise described their house. The man then asked Denise to take him to the house, saying he would bring her right back to the lot afterward. Denise got into the car with the man and they drove away. When they did not return after an hour, Jerry went into the school and told a teacher what had happened. Denise did not return home that evening. The next day the police received a report that a body had been found near a lover’s lane. It was Denise, who had been stabbed to death with a pocketknife.

What steps should be taken immediately? Where would you expect to find leads? What evidence would you expect to find? Specifically, how would you investigate this murder? Are there ways to integrate your Christian faith as a criminal investigator in your response to this scenario?

Please answer in a paper of 5-6 pages, double spaced, no larger than 12-point font. This assignment requires 7-9 outside sources in addition to our text. Please document your sources in APA format. Please refer to the grading rubric in the resources area. The rubric details the point values and various criteria used to grade the assignment.