POLICE DEPARTMENT - MAIN SQUAD ROOM
who was that on the phone?" Officer Russ Leeds asked as he walked into the
office with a large envelope tucked under his arm.
Attorney," Detective Jim Fitzpatrick nodded as he returned the receiver to
its cradle. "He wanted to congratulate us on the fine job we did in
solving the Lake murder. He said that without our keen detective work, he
wouldn't even have a case."
Russ looked at Jim carefully and was
quick to realize that something wasn't quite right. The phone call from
the D.A. should have put him in high spirits, but instead he looked as if
something were deeply troubling him.
"You don't sound too happy
about that," Russ finally commented.
stammered. "I guess that this entire investigation still has one too
many questions that haven't exactly been answered."
furrowed his brow. "What kind of questions? I thought that it
was all pretty much cut and dried."
"Well, it is," Jim nodded,
"but...well...I guess my own gut instincts are working over time.
Something about all of this just doesn't sit right with me."
"I think you're just trying to
work another angle. We've got all of the evidence. We've got the
proof that Francis Callison did it. What more do you need?"
"I guess you're right,"
Jim sighed and then looked up at Russ and saw the envelope he was
carrying. "So, what's that? What's in the envelope?"
This!" Russ walked over to the desk and tossed the envelope down in
front of Jim. "This is actually what I came in here for. The
Riverside Police sent this over. Apparently, they've made a positive I.D.
on that body they found in the river."
"Oh, really?" Jim
rubbed his chin as he thought. "So, who is it?"
"I haven't looked. I
figured that you'd want to be the first person to know."
"I sure do." Jim
quickly opened the envelope and slid out the police report before skimming over
it. As he read the identity of the body, his eyes grew wide with surprise
and confusion. "Well, this is interesting."
"Who is it?"
"Don't know what this really
has to do with anything," Jim sighed. "From everything in this
report, it's just like I suspected---an accidental drowning. Seems that
the guy was a student over at the University."
"Does it tell you a name?"
"Yeah," Jim muttered as he
read the report again, though this time much more thoroughly. "The
body belongs to a guy named Clark