Test your crime solving ability courtesy the West Virginia University Crime Scene Training Complex. Our students have set the stage showing a crime with plenty of clues. Step into the 3D model and explore. We suggest expanding to full screen for best viewing.
Here’s the background:
“On Tuesday, 03-Mar-2016 at 1758 hours, you were called to the scene at 253 Oakland St. in Morgantown, WV. Chief Robert O’Brien informed you that 911 dispatch received a tip of a possible multiple homicide. It was reported that the neighbor heard several gunshots. Due to prior arrests of the occupants and a suspicious odor, the presence of a meth lab is suspected. Proceed with CAUTION!”
Hint – Hit the arrow on the left to play the highlight reel or…
- Start in the kitchen, something happened there. What details do notice? What do you think they were “cooking” in the kitchen?
- Watch your step, you wouldn’t want to get your shoes sticky or contaminate the scene.
- After the kitchen head into hallway. Do you see the trail?
- What happened in the hallway?
- Find all four bodies. Are the deaths related?
Ok Sherlock, after you’ve explored the first model and think you have answered these questions, go to the second model to see the clues inspector Edmond Locard discovered and the conclusions he deduced from the crime scene.
About this project:
With four houses and a garage, WVU’s Forensic & Investigative Science Department has the largest college level crime scene training complex in the United States. The school’s 360 students use the house to explore real-life scenarios and learn the process of crime scene investigation. This project is a collaboration with WVU’s Reed College of Media’s Innovation Center where students explore new ways to tell stories.
Students Kayla Krausman, Korina Menking-Hoggatt and Ling Tao led the work on the project. Forensics students, Krausman and Menking-Hoggatt, set up scenes in the leaving behind important clues as well as distractions to throw off the investigation. Tao, a Reed College of Media student, created the 3D model of the house using the Matterport camera system. Special thanks to our “decedents” WVU forensics underclass students Hannah Storm, Sam Ennis, Mikayla Weese and Rhiannon Zeman. The project is supervised by professors Robert O’Brien and Nancy Andrews, who is the Ogden Professor of Media Innovation.