By Grant Buckler
The suspect claimed never to have had contact with the victim. Royal Canadian Mounted Police forensics experts in Saskatchewan suspected the two had been in touch through Facebook, but despite searching the suspect’s computer hard drive they had been unable to find evidence.
Then they tried a piece of software called Internet Evidence Finder, from Magnet Forensics Inc. in Waterloo, Ont. It recovered from the computer clear evidence of a Facebook chat between suspect and victim — “a nice back and forth conversation,” says Constable Brian Ferguson, a forensic analyst with the RCMP Saskatchewan Technological Crime Unit in Regina.
Ferguson has been using Internet Evidence Finder since before Magnet Forensics even existed. He had met Jad Saliba, Magnet’s founder and chief technology officer, at police forensics conferences when Saliba worked in the tech crime unit of the Waterloo Regional Police Service.
Source: The Globe and Mail