College students wanting to be criminal investigators aren't going undercover. They're going underwater.
They're using metal detectors, tape measures and plastic evidence bags as the scour the muddy banks of Panama City's North Bay for clues in the murder and rape of a young woman.
The crime scene is fake, staged by an instructor from Florida State University's Underwater Crime Scene Investigation Program. It's the only program of its kind.
Instead of writing an end of term paper, five students are working together to unravel a scenario set up by professor Michael Zinszer.
Agencies from the National Security Administration to NASA have
scrambled to hire the several dozen divers who have graduated with
minors in underwater crime scene investigation since the program
began at FSU Panama City's waterfront campus in 2003.