Questions remain about the body burned in a cabin – presumed to be fugitive ex-cop Christopher Dorner – as well as the manhunt leading up to Tuesday's standoff.
The search for former Los Angeles Police Department officer Christopher Dorner has ended in a blaze of gunfire and flames, but that seeming finale does not end the investigation. Rather, many aspects of the pursuit for justice now enter new phases.
How long will it take to confirm that Dorner is dead?
The charred remains in the Big Bear Lake, Calif., cabin where Tuesday's standoff ended will have to be analyzed for DNA information, and that will take time – days or perhaps weeks, says Capt. Frank Gonzales of the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department Scientific Investigation Division.
He notes that before his office can receive material to analyze, the coroner’s office must complete the autopsy, and the timing for that is unclear. And even once that is complete (contrary to the impression left by "CSI") “DNA and other types of forensic evidence does not get analyzed overnight,” he says.
In addition to material from the remains, evidence collected at the multiple crime scenes will have to be analyzed. Captain Gonzales notes that he has as many as a half dozen crime scene investigation staff at the various sites collecting evidence.
Who is conducting investigations and why?