The crime scene was a mess. It looked like a close encounter shotgun killing, but on further inspection it was extreme blunt force trauma. A softball bat appeared to be missing from a gear bag near the front door. If it was the weapon, it fit the crime scene, but it couldn't be found anywhere in the house or yard.
A search was commenced that went beyond the close proximity of the crime. A nearby retention pond was searched by divers. The suspected bat was found, but the situation was complicated. The bat had been in the water for at least 12 hours. It was the middle of the hot season and the water was warm. The grip was textured and the victim's wounds suggested that it was gripped tightly, but would there still be any viable DNA material available? The decision was made to sample the handle with the M-Vac®. The results included two full profiles, one was the owner of the bat who was the victim and the other belonged to the perpetrator.
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