Who said TV didn’t teach you anything? Spanish CSI fan Carmen Moreno managed to help solve a real life murder in Seville, Spain, after using skills she’d picked up from the crime show to bag a vital piece of evidence missed by police.
The body of a 31-year-old woman was discovered in Maria Luisa Park back in February – where Carmen has worked for the last 28 years – and after police had finished with the crime scene, it had been her job to clear it up.
As she went about her work the wannabe sleuth discovered “bloodied tissues” and – after seeing it done on CSI – managed to collect them properly without causing contamination.
Revealing her favourite TV show had come in handy she said, according to the Guardian: “Behind the bench where she was found there was a pile of bloody tissues and panty liners.
“Normally I carry gloves but I didn’t have any with me. As I’m a big fan of CSI I used a bag to pick them up so as not to contaminate them and I put them in another, small white bag which I tied with a knot.
Claiming there was “alot of blood” at the scene, she continued: “I then put this in a larger bag. It surprised me that the police hadn’t picked them up as there were also bloodstains on the bench.”
Police had initially believed the 31-year-old woman had committed suicide after overdosing on pills, so no crime scene investigation had been carried out.
But tests later revealed that after swallowing tranquilizer pills she had actually been raped.
Authorities confirmed the death had been caused by internal bleeding from the sexual attack rather than the pills turning the case into murder.
Blood found on the evidence discovered by Moreno proved key to tracking down her attacker, with DNA found on the items matching that of a 46-year-old man who had a record of violence.
While so-called wannabe detectives don’t always aid the police, prosecutors in the case later said it would have been difficult to prove the case without the evidence provided by Moreno’s discovery.
Maybe she should quit her job and take up crime fighting full time?