Ivan and Walt drove back to headquarters without much conversation. Each Inspector was going over in his mind, what they had witnessed and what the forensic experts had told them.
Finally Ivan broke the silence by saying, “Marsha Hart is one of the best forensic experts around. If she can’t decipher the clues as to the killer, I doubt we will be able to.”
Walt just nodded his agreement.
When they entered Scotland Yard, Ivan found a note on his desk. It read, “Grace Simmons wants you to call her.”
Picking up his phone he dialed the number.
“Grace, this is Inspector Bennett, you wanted me to call?”
“Yes, Inspector, I was talking to a friend of mine today who lives on a farm about five miles out of town. He told me he had made a startling discovery.” Grace said.
“And what is this startling discovery?” Ivan enquired.
“I’d rather you ask him that question, Inspector.” Grace continued.
“Fine, give me his name and number.”
“It’s Simon Éclair. He lives off the county road of Madison, east of town, first house on the right.” Grace finished.
“Thank you Ms. Simmons, rest assured I will follow up on your tip.” Ivan said and hung up the phone.
“That was Grace Simmons, giving you a tip? I do not believe this.” Walt said, smiling.
“Yes, she says a friend of hers, who owns a farm, found something very disturbing.” Ivan answered.
“And she wouldn’t share what it was?” Walt asked.
“Nope, said she wanted me to drive out there and talk to him myself. So, come on, we are going to take a short drive in the country.” Ivan said as he walked out the door.
The countryside was beautiful as the two Inspectors made the drive to Grace Simmons, friend’s farm. The green trees and abundance of grass told London’s countryside had received adequate rain and the crops should be good this season. Ivan was thinking as he turned in the drive to the farm.
When Ivan stopped the car, an elderly man dressed in blue overalls came out of the farm house to meet them. Ivan and Walt got out of the car and extended their hands for a handshake as they introduced themselves.
“I’m Inspector Ivan Bennett and this is my partner, Inspector Walt Graham.”
“Glad to meet you, Inspectors, my name is Simon Éclair. I’m a friend to Grace Simmons.” The elderly man declared.
“She tells me you have made an unusual discovery, here on your farm?” Ivan asked.
“Only, if you consider finding a human skull unusual.” The farmer smiled.
“A human skull, oh my, that certainly is unusual.” Ivan replied. “Where did you find it?”
“In the pig pen.” He answered.
Shocked, Walt blurted out, “In the pig pen, sir?”
“Yes, indeed. Come with me and I’ll show you the exact spot.” Simon said as he turned and started toward the barn.
The two Inspectors followed Simon Éclair with much anticipation. What in the world was a human skull doing in Mr. Éclair’s pig pen?
When they reached the barn, they walked around to the side and climbed up on the fence that housed the pigs inside.
Pointing to the far corner, Mr. Éclair said, “Over there is where I found the skull.”
Following the farmers pointing finger, both Ivan and Walt gazed at the corner of the pig pen covered in pig mud. It smelled exactly like what it was.
Ivan asked, “Did you find anymore bones, Mr. Éclair?”
“No, sir, nothing but the skull. Come on in the barn and I’ll show it to you.”
They climbed down off the fence and followed Simon into the barn. He opened one of the tack room doors and walked over to a shelf where he picked up a skull, still covered in pig mud. He handed it to the Inspectors.
Ivan accepted the skull and looked at it intently. Then he handed it over to Walt who reluctantly took it.
Staring down at the muddy skull Walt asked, “Do you think it’s one of those girls?
“Well, it’s certainly not one of the girls that we have found. They are all in the morgue. This must be one we didn’t know about.” Ivan said.
They thanked Mr. Éclair and assured him they would let him know the outcome of the evidence he had found. The two Inspectors left the farm with the skull wrapped up in a tow sack Mr. Éclair had furnished.
“What are you thinking, Ivan? I see your wheels turning.” Walt asked.
“I’m thinking the first thing I’m going to do is find out if Mr. Éclair has declared any of his family or friends missing.”
“Surely you don’t think that old man had anything to do with this?” Walt stammered.
“Walt, I examine everything. Whatever is left, is evidence.” Ivan said.
“True Sherlock Holmes reasoning.” Walt smiled.
Ivan didn’t answer as he headed straight to the morgue and his friend, Marsha Hart.
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