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Just after midnight, you are requested to respond to a death investigation scene

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Just after midnight, you are requested to respond to a death investigation scene. Upon arrival you discover that the scene is located in an isolated area, deep in the woods. As you approach you observe members of the local fire department waiting for you at the edge of the wood line, down a dirt access road. You load your equipment onto their ATV and proceed to the scene.
Once you arrive, you are met by several detectives. You notice that even with the remote lighting provided by the fire department and your portable lights, the scene is still very dimly lit, with most of the area shrouded in darkness. You realize that searching, photographing and even documenting would be very difficult, under these circumstances. You begin discussing potential issues with other members of the team and suggest securing the scene until daylight, in order to perform a thorough search. Det. Smith then advises that a front is moving in and rain is imminent before daylight.
Knowing that rain will greatly hinder any type of investigation, by destroying potential evidence, what do you do? Do you continue to process the scene in the dark, risking missing evidence or even destroying evidence by possibly walking on it due to the darkness? Or do you secure the scene and wait for daylight, knowing that you will lose evidence?
Thoroughly defend your answer.

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