Crimes are committed on a daily basis across the globe and the main goal of any search and recovery department is to locate evidence to bring perpetrators to justice. A common weapon disposal technique is to dump the evidence in a local river, lake, or body of water that is close to the crime scene.
In the summer of 2022, the Department of Underwater Operations of the Investigations Police of Chile was called to help locate a weapon that would have been used by an individual to end the life of a 64-year-old sugar loaf farmer.
The investigation into the attempted homicide led detectives of the La Serena Homicide Brigade to the Monumental Lighthouse and the Río Elqui River Wetlands. The task of locating the firearm was complex due to the location being in a flooded area and in a natural environment far from civilization.
Detectives used the Pulse 8x, an underwater metal detector sold by JW Fishers Mfg., to locate the weapon they say was used in the attempted murder.
The team uses various types of equipment to locate missing evidence, particularly the Pulse 8X underwater metal detector when suspected dumped evidence is in local waterways. Arriving on the scene with the Pulse 8X, the team was able to locate and identify a long weapon that was submerged with its ammunition still loaded.
“A Laurona double barreled shotgun was found, which coincides with the characteristics stated in the defendant’s statement and within the area where the firearm would have been discarded. The team collected the evidence, sent it to the Regional Crime Laboratory for analysis and concluded it was the missing weapon,” says Deputy Commissioner Gary Ortega.
Many times, the waters create a perfect “hiding spot” for the evidence as it can quickly be covered by silt and debris on the bottom of the waterway and lost forever. That’s where JW Fishers’ underwater search equipment becomes the right tool for the job.
The Pulse 8X has been rated number one by US Homeland Security and continues to be the “go-to” product for those looking to own a commercial-grade detector. Sales to military, police, search and rescue dive teams, public safety dive teams, commercial businesses, and recreational divers constitute the majority of sales year after year.
As modern technology advances the one thing that will always remain stable is the need for metal detectors and those talented individuals that use them every day. JW Fishers has been providing underwater search equipment across the globe for over 55 years and always has the right tool for the job.