The day’s training starts a little different than usual, instead of the firing range you are inside in a briefing room. Even the sergeant’s bearing seems slightly different, less military and more police detective.
So here’s the score: seven months ago Tyson Ryder, a fifty-five-year-old man, was beaten to death in his room at the Elegance Hotel. I have the autopsy report for you, so I’ll spare you the more grotesque details, but the findings are consistent, at least to me, with a beating. The original Lone Star detective sent officers around to take statements and no one at the hotel claims to have seen or heard anything.
He interviewed the neighbors, although not satisfactorily in my opinion. They’d seen nothing, and didn’t even know the room next door was occupied. He interviewed the hotel staff—seems the only thing out of the ordinary that took place was that the power went out in the victim’s room. It turned out to be a normal occurrence and the staff had the power back on in a few minutes. This one is a real stumper. I imagine you’ll want to review the evidence yourself, so here’s the case file.”
There are two areas of this investigation that are off limits:
- Under no circumstance are you to bother the widow with this. She’s been through enough and I’ve already cleared her as a suspect. This includes visiting her home. I’ve even gone so far as to remove their address from the file.
- You cannot speak to the original detective, since Lone Star has moved him out of country.
Other than that, investigate as you see fit when not training. Again, find out the who/why/how and get back to me.