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An intensive murder investigation into the brutal double homicide of a couple in
their home in Jerusalem on Sunday is being managed far from the media
Nurit and Noah Maoz, both in their 60s, were found dead in their
home in the capital’s Ramot Bet neighborhood in a bloody murder
Funeral delayed for victims of Jerusalem double-murder
Detectives have slapped a media ban on all details of the
investigation and the crime scene, while some media outlets have claimed that
the police “have no leads” in the investigation.
In cases such as this,
the police investigation is usually centered on two fronts, intelligence and
On the intelligence front, detectives will seek to identify
any potential suspects.
In the meantime, forensic officers will usually
take a dominant initial lead in the investigation, entering the murder scene and
searching the bodies for evidence that can lead to a suspect or suspects as part
of the collection and analysis phase of the investigation.
officers will attempt to piece together the chronological order of the crime,
seeking to figure our how the murder suspect entered the couple’s apartment, and
how they left the scene.
Footprints, fingerprints and possible items left
behind by the suspects will be searched for by police.
If evidence of a
violent struggle is found, and the attacker was injured, forensic officers will
seek to distinguish blood stains of victims from those of the
Within two to three days of the investigation, the forensic
process of removing evidence from the scene – the collection phase – should be
The officers will seek to work as quickly as possible to avoid
contamination of the scene that could destroy evidence.
The next phase in
the investigation is the analysis of the collected evidence, which takes place
at police labs.
Biological findings, chemicals, toxins, polymeric
materials, plastics, and, if needed, ballistics, are analyzed, as the labs begin
the drawn-out process of filtering out findings taken from the murder
Once completed, the analysis should, in theory, provide police
with a “direction” for its investigation.
Biological findings such as DNA
and fingerprints are run through a database for a search for matches with
convicted felons. If none are found, they are stored for a time when a suspect
is arrested, and can be used to corroborate or dismantle suspicions against a
The investigation unit’s commanders will receive updates on both
intelligence and forensic work, and will attempt to draw up leads based on the
information made available to them.