This case study of an infant abduction demonstrates the value of working under exigency to quickly work through a suspect elimination and validation processes using social media exploitation, RTT, IP information and other geolocation evidence.
Trevor served in the Marine Corps from 2004-2008. In 2008, Trevor began his career in law enforcement as a patrol officer with the Newport Police Department in Virginia. Within a year, he was assigned to the “High Impact Patrol” unit with a focus on high crime areas in the city. Trevor was quickly transferred to the Criminal Intelligence Unit Surveillance Team and soon after became a member of the SWAT team where is currently the Sniper Assistant Team Leader. During his time in Criminal Intelligence, he quickly learned the value of cellular records in criminal investigations. Trevor attended the ZetX 40-hour basic course which swiftly led to becoming a certified ZetX Subject Matter Expert. In 2020, Trevor joined the US Marshal’s Task Force where he gained more investigative experience exploiting multiple communications platforms used by fugitives to evade capture. Trevor now runs his agency’s newly formed Technical Investigations Unit where is currently assigned as an investigator.
This homicide case study has a focus on using live ping locations and diversifying location information while using outside the box thinking to complete the investigation. MVNO accounts, live pings, DNA and social media are all aspects of what brought this case together as corroborative evidence supporting the accuracy of the geo-location data.
Joe Noyes has been a member of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office since September of 2006. After spending time in patrol, and property crimes, he was assigned to the street crimes unit investigating drug complaints crime trends and making fugitive arrests. Later in his career, Joe was assigned to homicide where he focused on the importance of digital evidence and geo-location investigations. Joe holds and maintains a ZetX Subject Matter Expert certification and has been recognized in the Palm Beach County Court as an expert witness. Joe has successfully testified to and won a Daubert Challenge in which call detail records were in question. Joe was promoted to Patrol Sergeant in January of 2021.
Congratulations, Joe, and thank you for sharing your knowledge at WEXA 2021!
This case involves the brutal murder of a witness by three suspects. The case study demonstrates the use of CSLI to include RTT/PCMD data, elevation maps and an excellent use of corroborative evidence. This case has a focus on investigating multiple providers and devices with dynamic use of Google Earth animations for courtroom presentations.
Detective Sergeant Kevin Connolly is a 23-year veteran of the Barnstable Police Department in Massachusetts. He has been federally deputized by the United States Marshalls as a United States Secret Service Task Force Officer assigned to the New England Cyber Fraud Task Force. Detective Sergeant Connolly has participated in and initiated both state and federal investigations to include homicides, sexual assaults, and child exploitation cases. He has also participated in two Title III federal wire-tap cases that targeted and dismantled high-level drug trafficking organizations on Cape Cod. Based on his participation in several of these investigations Detective Sergeant Connolly has received an Investigative Achievement Award from the United States Attorney’s Office and a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from the United States Congress. He has instructed over 500 students on the subject of digital investigations as well as lectured at both the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Georgia and the National Cyber Crime Conference. Detective Sergeant Connolly holds a Master’s Degree from Faulkner University in Justice Administration and is a ZetX Subject Matter Expert on call detail record and geolocation data analysis.
This investigative case study is an excellent demonstration of using big data to resolve crime over the course of an extremely long and exhaustive investigation. The effort to resolve ongoing bear poaching in this case included the use of historical CSLI and other methods of corroborative evidence.
Investigator Todd Hoyle has been employed with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission since 1998, serving in various roles including uniform patrol, plain clothes patrol, covert and overt investigations. In 2014 he was promoted to his current position in investigations, where he works in the Statewide Technical Operations Group (duties primarily electronic surveillance, cell phone forensics/CDR’s, and long, protracted investigations both covert and overt). Prior to FWC, Inv. Hoyle obtained his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University and worked for a few years as an engineer before joining the FWC.
Inv. Hoyle attended the ZETX 40-hr basic training in May 2018 and the ZETX SME training in Nov. 2018, and also attended the SME training again in 2019 for his freebie. He attended WEXA 2020 and is scheduled for the SME training again in December, 2021, in Martin County, Florida.
Inv. Hoyle lives in Lake City, Florida, where he tentatively has around six years to go till retirement.
Ms. Stuart has over thirty years of investigative experience with twenty-five years operating her own company. Ms. Stuart’s area of expertise includes OSINT, counter intelligence, insurance fraud investigations, financial investigations, threat assessments, due diligence, organized retail crime, corporate and competitive intelligence.
Ms. Stuart consults and trains federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, the military intelligence communities, fortune 500 companies as well as the financial and insurance industries in open source, social media and threat assessments / mitigation. She has been an Instructor at Quantico (FBI Academy) for International training programs and a former Adjunct Professor with University of Virginia.
In 2017, Ms. Stuart partnered with Pennsylvania Office of Homeland Security creating a program "Keeping Kids Safe", training administrators, principals, teachers, SRO's and parents on the dangers of online and social media activity, predator grooming as well as the dangers of applications / cellular security.