Chapter 1- Bodies at Scene
Bodies. Bodies were everywhere. They were laid out in a field surrounded by a wooded area. There was a pattern. Bodies laid out in circles inside one another.
“Wow, this is something,” John commented. “I’ve never seen anything like this.”
“I should hope not,” Mary his partner responded. “How many did they say?”
John flipped open his notebook. “Three to begin in the inner circle And, then going out, each circle has three more. There are 6 circles. Total 63. Bodies are head to toe. They go left from inside and then in the opposite direction going out with each circle. Outer circle heads go right.”
“So there’s a pattern.”
“Yeah, except the male female thing seems random.” John paused. “Thirty males; thirty three females. Ages seem all over the place but they’re just estimates.”
“Still strange, ” Mary interjected. “Clothing seems random. Some are dressed more formally while others are in everyday duds.”
“And, two have nothing. They’re all facing up though. But, then some have pieces of a wardrobe missing,” John went on. “The officer first to scene has a run down of everyone. Plenty of pics available. I send them to your phone.”
“They want to start bagging them up, ” Mary said pointing to those just outside circle. “It’s going to rain soon.”
“I think I’ve seen enough. The smell is overwhelming.” John exclaimed.
They were wearing full head masks but they didn’t help much. John backed away followed by Mary. The field was mostly grass but after walking around the perimeter of the circles, John and Mary split up to examine the woods. As they entered the woods where there was markings, the process of removing bodies began. Each body was to be circled in paint, bagged and removed. The process might take some time.
Detectives Mary Knolls and John Taylor both entered the area that officers found that was most likely where the bodies were brought in. Mary going first followed the trail of markers to what looked like a dirt road that hadn’t gotten much use in recent years. There were some tire marks. Even though the officers had taken a cast and photographed the tracks. The photos were also sent to her phone but she took some photos herself with her phone.
“Looks like someone had tried to erase some of the trail and tracks. I’d say it was at least two people cause it doesn’t seem bodies were dragged,” John began. Tire tracks indicate a truck and with that many bodies it would make sense.”
“Where does this road go?” Mary asked.
“Leads to a paved road Miller Hill. Its a public road. “But, there’s no homes or known structures near by. Miller Hill gets little traffic. Area is mostly used by hikers like the ones who discovered the bodies. They went home so we will have to give them a visit.”
“Why did they call us?”
“Not sure yet but I gather its our reputation,” John stated. “Our specialty I guess.”
“What’s that? Suckers?”
“No, for solving weird cases,” John laughed. “Once you get a strange one, it kinda sets you up.”
“The Simon case?”
“Yeah. Everyone thought aliens were involved, and you’d gotta think the same. That one was unexplainable”
“Until we made sense of it. This one will take like forever and just to sort through all that body evidence.” Mary turned to go back.
“It sucks but you’ve gotta admit. We got a lot of press. It was everywhere.”
“I remember quite clearly,” Mary walked on with John catching up to her. “I got a call from my nephew in California. He wanted information for a school thing.”
Back at the field, the two went to their car. They had to make their way through wild bush till they picked up a dirt road. This was the way the hikers had come from so everything was rough.
The detectives were more relaxed when the car found paved pavement. Things were going more smoothly. It was another part of Miller Hill Rd.
“Miller Hill’s a long roadway. It goes around the area we were,” Mary stated looking up from her phone. John nodded as he drove on.
“Where were the hiker’s parked?”
“Where we came out. Finding the bodies ended their hike,”
he said. “It was the smell. Both of them lost their breakfast.”
“I understand. Glad they told us to bring haze masks. I would lost mine,” she cringed putting her phone away.
———-to be continued———–