Gas Chromatography

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A case surrounding the alleged kidnapping of a young girl in 2008, is a good example of how gas chromatography can help in the solving of crime. The grandmother of the child contacted authorities after learning from her daughter, the mother of the child in question, that the young girl had been supposedly kidnapped. The grandmother reported that she noticed a suspicious, gruesome smell coming from the vehicle of her daughter. An expert on odour analysis discovered that a large amount of compounds regularly found in the earliest stages of decomposition were in fact found in the boot of the mother’s car. The expert also revealed that 41 out of 424 of the compounds related to the decomposition of bodies were located in the boot as well. The

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