Ohio agency uses 3-D scanner to map crime scenes

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's attorney general says agents with the Bureau of Criminal Investigation are getting access to 3-D laser scanners to help them more efficiently record and reconstruct complex crime scenes.

The scanner rotates 360 degrees to capture millions of precise laser measurements and hundreds of digital photographs. The information collected can be used to produce a video depicting the scene to scale. A scan takes about five minutes, and up to a dozen scans in different areas can be used to put together the full scene.

Attorney General Mike DeWine says it is an advantage for prosecutors to have that type of accurate visual illustration to show jurors.

The bureau has one scanner that has been used about a dozen times. It anticipates adding four more by October.