Trace evidence is often defined as that material that results from the transfer of small quantities of material from one object to another. This would include evidence such as hair, fibers, paint chips, glass fragments and gunshot residue particles. Although it may not meet a strict definition of trace evidence, the analysis of fire debris is often considered a trace exam. The Vermont Forensic Laboratory collects trace evidence from submitted and crime scene evidence and performs the analysis on evidence related to fire debris evidence. The other types of trace evidence are forwarded to the FBI for a suitable examination.
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