Real Killer Convicted After Deleted Text Messages Recovered
“Cellebrite’s solution provided technological proof – you cannot deny that it’s there – which ultimately carried huge weight in court.” – David Raulin, Judicial Expert, and Cellebrite Certified Mobile Examiner
The following are excerpts from the Case Study: “Deleted Text Messages Betray a Daughter’s Killer“. The full version delivers in-depth insights and technical know-how that led to the conviction of the real killer hiding behind deleted data.
On June 19th, 2013, in the city of Fécamp, France, a husband, and wife receive a phone call from their daughter’s husband telling them that their daughter, Harmonie, a 25-year old nurse, had taken her own life.
The Initial Investigation
An initial examination of the victim’s phone showed the husband’s alibi to be solid, however, numerous facts surfaced during the investigation that discredited the husband’s story. He was eventually taken into custody, but released a few days after his wife’s suicide was confirmed by the medical examiner.
Relentless Mother Drives New Investigation
When her mother got her daughter’s possessions back, she decided to go through them and read the thousands of messages on her iPhone 4 and painstakingly forwarded each of her findings to the President of the Component Court.Digital forensic expert, David Raulin, was appointed to conduct a full forensic examination and analysis of the phone.
This is not an isolated case where deleted messages ultimately turned around the verdict in the light of new digital evidence. Many other investigators around the globe are experiencing the benefits of redeeming dormant, hidden or erased digital evidence.
Using proprietary technology, Cellebrite has transformed complicated challenges with straightforward and speedy solutions that get to the heart of the matter during cases suffering from scarcity of evidence and ambiguous eyewitness accounts.
Watch Ryan Lockhart, Putnam County Sheriff’s Department of West Virginia, state how important it is to be able to leverage Cellebrite’s digital intelligence solutions to recover deleted text and media from phones when trying to validate alibi’s or eyewitness accounts:
We at Cellebrite look forward to delivering the tools and solutions that make these types of stories a reality, not just for law enforcement empowerment but for the justice deserved by victims whose last communication is often recorded but locked on their most personal device, their phone.