Cleaning Up A Crime Scene

Thursday, September 13th 2007, 6:00 am
By: News On 6

Family members have plenty to deal with when a loved one is killed, but when police finish investigating a crime scene someone has to clean it up. News On 6 anchor Omar Villafranca reports on what is done to clean up a crime scene.

Natasha Henson is a nurse technician by day. At night, she is a crime scene cleaner for Apex BioClean. Natasha will clean up a scene where someone was the victim of a deadly crime. Natasha Henson admits it is a difficult job, physically and emotionally.

”No one should be traumatized twice. So meaning, brother goes in to his room and kills himself. His mother shouldn't have to clean him up. That's where we come in," says Natasha Henson.

By the time Natasha is called in to clean, police have finished their work. The body is gone, but all remnants of the crime must be cleaned.

"Just the glossy light color, but it still has the little bit of a red tinge. But it still looks like spinal fluid. That's exactly what it looks like," says Natasha Henson.

She says the area that needs cleaning depends on the size of the contaminated area.

"The bullet goes in. If it comes out, it splatters everywhere. Ceilings, into other rooms, into drawers, anything that's open,” says Natasha Henson.

Natasha dresses in a full body suit, protecting her eyes, hands and mouth.

Once carpets are pulled out, a special vacuum sucks up what is left over. Then, the floor is scrubbed. Everything used in the process is tossed in a biohazard bin and destroyed.

Natasha Henson says hopefully, all the memories of what happened will go away, too.

Cost of a crime scene cleanup depends on how much work has to be done.

Watch the video: Crime Scene Mop Up