Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Accepted Manuscript

Publication Date

10-2018

Journal or Book Title

Forensic Science International

Volume

291

First Page

e18

Last Page

e19

DOI

10.1016/j.forsciint.2018.08.040

Abstract

Negative forensic evidence can be defined as the failure to find a trace after looking for it. Such evidence is often dismissed by referring to the aphorism “absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.” However, this reasoning can be misleading in the context of forensic science. This commentary is designed to help forensic scientists understand the probative value of negative forensic evidence.

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This is a manuscript of an article published as Thompson, William C., and Nicholas Scurich. "When does absence of evidence constitute evidence of absence?." Forensic science international 291 (2018): e18-e19. Posted with permission of CSAFE.

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Elsevier B.V.

Language

en

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application/pdf

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