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Posted: 3/31/2010 7:54 AM PDT
An ink pen with a message rolled up inside.
Posted: 3/29/2010 1:24 PM PDT
What about a sales receipt with the date and time on it? If the purchase was made with a debit or credit card, obviously that is easily traced. If the sale is made in cash, well, what about security cameras?
Posted: 3/27/2010 7:10 AM PST
Fabric is always a nice and simple item that is often left behind. You only require a few threads to determine what kind of fabric it is. If the person in question was wearing something out of the ordinary, say an imported jacket, then there would be a path back to the person via the import logs and sales bills.
Posted: 3/27/2010 12:12 AM PST
ring, movie ticket stub, hotel key, matchbook (with restaurant or hotel name), business card, key, distinctive pen, love note
Posted: 2/26/2010 6:44 PM PST
Anything small enough to fit in your pocket. Lipstick, hair elastics with hair on it, spare change(fingerprints), a watch, etc. Really anything that can have DNA or fingerprints on it that can fit in your pocket.
Watch out for plot holes!!!!!
Posted: 2/24/2010 2:50 PM PST
A tube of chapstick. You wouldn't notice it was gone, and the police can use a crime lab to match DNA on the end of the tube.
Posted: 2/21/2010 10:15 AM PST
A cell phone? A distinctive piece of jewelry (engraved, probably)? Wallet? A slip of paper from someone's pocket (bank deposit slip, note from someone with a phone number)?
People lose all sorts of things all the time and don't notice.
Posted: 2/20/2010 9:54 PM PST
Okay, so I am writing a story where someone was taken. I don't know anything that the police can find that is small enough that someone doesn't notice that they lost but could also be big enough that could give away the person. Any ideas?