Sgt. Morgan had gathered the relatives in a waiting room. One of the relatives had a photo of the group from that stop. The group was posed in front of a cave. Missing from the group in the photo were three people; the driver Cousin Conrad who stayed back because Henry was still in the bus; Aunt Marian who is afraid of caves; and Cousin Walter who won’t let anyone take photos of him since he had a run-in with the law.
Aunt Marian, who is afraid of bats in caves, said that Henry had walked up to her and asked her for a loan. She said the discussion became a bit heated. She noted that Josephine had also turned Henry’s loan request down earlier today. Henry did not deny asking the ladies for a loan and said Josephine told him he’d have to wait for his inheritance like everybody else.
Conrad, the driver, claimed he had been tinkering under the hood as he is a mechanic and owns an auto repair shop. The group came back from the photo stop and Arlene told him Josephine was missing so he went with the group to look for her. They found her unconscious in the ravine.
Henry, who had been napping, told the police he had heard Marian and Henry arguing but he couldn’t see them because the hood of the bus was up.
Det. Kay knew who did it.
Crime scene: The photo stop on a bus tour.
Clues: The black spot on the back of Aunt Josephine’s dress.
Suspects: Everyone except Henry who didn’t get off the bus.
My two cents: I struggled with this story because of the bus. When you charter a bus, they don’t let you drive it. It comes with a qualified licensed bus driver. You have to have a chauffer’s class license. And Conrad certainly wouldn’t be tinkering under the hood of a chartered vehicle. They’re locked for one thing. I don’t believe charter buses have front engines. They’re in the rear. The front part is taken up by a huge window. All this bothered me.
With that aside, Tracie did have three people who were questioned. She also had good red herrings although it was a bit heavy handed in pointing at our ex-con. I thought the black spot was dirt so it was a good clue. No problems with her police work.