CASE STUDY

Investigative Leads
Generation from iOS Data

On-scene Acquisition of iPhone for Homicide Investigation

One evening at a downtown club, approximately 150 guests are attending an exclusive invite only birthday party. Towards the end of the evening, a loud bang emanates from the dance floor. A male victim falls to the ground. Partygoers scatter and run for the door in the commotion.

After police are called, first responders find a male on the dance floor with a fatal gunshot wound. The victim is pronounced dead at the scene. Several partygoers, including the hosts, are still at the club.  Homicide investigators arrive.  Interviews with witnesses reveal several uninvited people attended the party.

One host informs investigators she had been taking pictures on her mobile phone all night to capture the celebrations. Investigators, trained to use Mobilyze, gather pertinent information about the host’s iPhone 6. They connect the iPhone to an investigator’s laptop and, with the host’s consent, collect the data stored on the device.

Mobilyze reveals numerous pictures of partygoers. The victim is seen in several pictures with other partygoers.  The host tells investigators she does not know some of the people pictured with the victim. Critically, in one picture of the victim, another male is seen bending over in the background.  In the waistband of his pants a gun is clearly visible.

This picture, and others from the iPhone, provide investigators solid leads and intelligence on a person of interest in the critical initial stages of this homicide investigation.

The investigators confirmed they had gathered all the necessary information from the device and returned the iPhone to the host. Mobilyze provided immediate access to the phone and potential evidence, saved the collected data, and allowed investigators to return the device to the owner immediately.

Mobilyze provided immediate access to the phone and potential evidence, saved the collected data, and allowed investigators to return the device to the owner immediately.

Homicide investigator on the scene

Main Takeaways:

  • After a shooting occurred at downtown club, many partygoers fled from the scene.
  • Once the victim was pronounced dead, homicide investigators interviewing witnesses discovered the host had taken pictures on her iPhone6.
  • Mobilyze, used on-scene to acquire data from the iPhone, revealed photos of the victim and an unidentified male with a gun in his waistband.
  • Mobilyze saved the data collected and the iPhone was returned to the owner immediately.

Quick Facts

Features: 

Acquiring data from iOS device on-scene with Mobilyze.

 

Problem Solved:

On-scene acquisition of an iPhone provided quick Investigative Leads Generation

Solution Provided:

Acquisition of iPhone locating immediate investigative leads

Overall Results:

Effective investigative leads located person of interest in homicide investigation.

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