Wednesday, August 21 2013, 03:02 PM MDT
Palm Prints Solving More Crimes In Utah
By Cristina Flores
(KUTV) At the Utah State Crime Lab, scientists analyze all types of criminal evidence like DNA, drugs and bullets.
More and more, they are hoping to solve crimes with palm prints – police don’t rely on those nearly as often as fingerprints. “It’s absolutely just as valuable,” said forensic scientist Bonnie Holden, about the value of the palm print compared to the fingerprint.
In the past, cases have been solved by identifying palm prints left at the scene of a crime but Holden says for financial reasons, not all police agencies and jails in Utah are taking palm prints of suspects. Unlike the fingerprint database that holds 809,000 samples of identified fingerprints in Utah, the palm print data base only holds 29,000 entries.
Palm prints can’t be lumped in with fingerprints because they require their own analysis before they are entered into the database. Even though computers can examine palm prints, humans must still double-check the computer’s work which often overlooks nuances that only the human eye can detect.
(Copyright 2013 Sinclair Broadcasting Group)