Detective Sarah Jackson had been working on the case for weeks, and it seemed like every lead she followed ended up in a dead end. The victim, a wealthy businessman named Kevin Rutherford, had been found dead in his office, and despite the obvious signs of foul play, there were no witnesses, no suspects, and no motive.
- Sarah » Detective
- Detective Miller » Sarah Partner
- Kevin Rutherford » Found dead
- Emily » Rutherford Wife
- Isabel Davis » Former employee of Rutherford
- Mark Johnson » Rutherford Business Partner
- David Martin » Criminal
Sarah had never encountered a case like this before. Every time she thought she was getting closer to solving the crime, something else would come up, and she’d be back to square one. But she refused to give up. She knew that the key to cracking the case was out there somewhere, and she was determined to find it.
One day, as she was going through the evidence yet again, she noticed something that had previously escaped her attention. A small piece of paper with a phone number on it had been found in the victim’s pocket. Sarah immediately ran a trace on the number and was surprised to find that it belonged to a woman named Isabel Davis.
Isabel Davis » Former Employee of Rutherford
Isabel was a former employee of Rutherford’s who had been let go a few months ago due to the company’s downsizing. Sarah immediately set out to find her, hoping that she might have some information that could help crack the case.
When Sarah arrived at Isabel’s apartment, she was greeted by a woman in her mid-twenties with long brown hair and piercing blue eyes.
“Detective Sarah, what can I do for you?” Isabel asked, a hint of apprehension in her voice.
“I was hoping we could talk about Rutherford,” Sarah replied.
Isabel’s eyes widened in surprise. “What about him?”
“He was found dead in his office a few weeks ago. We’re still investigating, and I was hoping you might have some information that could help us.”
Isabel hesitated for a moment before nodding. “Come in,” she said, stepping aside to let Sarah enter.
As Sarah sat down on the couch, Isabel gave her a cup of coffee and sat down across from her.
“I don’t know how much help I can be,” Isabel said, taking a sip of her own coffee.
“Anything you can tell me might be useful,” Sarah replied.
Isabel sighed. “Okay, well, I worked for Rutherford for a few years. He was a difficult boss, but he always paid well. When I was let go, I didn’t take it well. I was angry and bitter.”
“Did you ever speak to him after you were let go?” Sarah asked.
Isabel shook her head. “No, I never saw or spoke to him again.”
Sarah didn’t believe her. There was something in Isabel’s voice that didn’t ring true. But before she could press her further, her phone rang.
Detective Miller » Sarah Partner
“Excuse me,” she said, answering the call. It was her partner, Detective Miller.
“Sarah, you need to come down to the station right away,” he said urgently.
“What’s going on?” Sarah asked.
“We just got a call from a woman claiming to know something about Rutherford’s death. She’s refusing to speak to anyone but you.”
Sarah quickly thanked Miller and turned to Isabel. “I’m sorry, but I have to go. If you think of anything else that might be useful, please give me a call.”
As Sarah rushed out of the apartment, she couldn’t shake the feeling that Isabel was hiding something. She made a mental note to investigate her further.
Emily » Rutherford Wife
When Sarah arrived at the station, she was surprised to find that the woman who had called was none other than Rutherford’s wife, Emily.
“Mrs. Rutherford, what can I do for you?” Sarah asked.
“I know who killed my husband,” Emily said, her voice shaking.
Sarah felt a jolt of excitement.
“Who do you think killed him?” Sarah asked, leaning forward.
Mark Johnson » Rutherford Business Partner
“It was his business partner, Mark Johnson,” Emily replied, tears streaming down her face. “They had been having disagreements over the direction of the company for months. And then, a few days before Rutherford was killed, he told me that he was going to buy out Mark’s share of the business.”
“Did your husband ever mention anything about Mark being violent?” Sarah asked, trying to gather as much information as possible.
“No, never,” Emily said, shaking her head. “But I just have this feeling that he’s the one who did it.”
Sarah thanked Emily for the information and promised to look into it further. As she was leaving the station, her phone rang again. It was Miller.
Sarah, you’re not going to believe this. We just got a hit on a piece of evidence we found in Rutherford’s office.
“What kind of evidence?” Sarah asked.
David Martin. » Criminal
“A fingerprint on the window that was broken to gain entry to the office. We just ran it through the database, and it matches a guy named David Martin. He has a criminal record for burglary.”
Sarah’s heart began to race. Finally, some solid evidence “I’m on my way,” she said.
When Sarah arrived at the station, Miller handed her a file on Martin. “He lives in a small apartment in the downtown area. We already have a team on their way to pick him up.”
Sarah nodded, and they set out to join the team. When they arrived at Martin’s apartment, they found him sitting on the couch, watching TV.
“David Martin, you’re under arrest for the murder of Rutherford,” Sarah said, flashing her badge.
Martin’s eyes widened in surprise. “What? I didn’t kill anyone,” he protested.
“We have your fingerprint on the window of Rutherford’s office,” Sarah said.
Martin’s face fell. “Okay, okay, I was there. But I didn’t kill him. I was just trying to steal some money.”
“Who else was there with you?” Sarah asked.
“No one; I was alone,” Martin replied.
Sarah didn’t believe him. There had to be someone else involved. But she didn’t press him further. They had enough evidence to charge him, and she didn’t want to risk losing the case by forcing a false confession.
As Sarah was leaving the apartment, her phone rang yet again. It was Isabel Davis.
“Detective Jackson, I’ve been thinking about what you asked me earlier. And I just remembered something.”
“What is it?” Sarah asked, her heart racing.
“Rutherford called me a few days before he died. He wanted to meet up and talk about something. He sounded scared, like he thought someone was following him.”
Sarah’s mind raced. This was the break she had been waiting for. “Thank you, Isabel. I’ll be in touch.”
As Sarah made her way back to the station, she couldn’t help but feel a sense of excitement. Finally, after weeks of dead ends, she was getting closer to the truth.
When Sarah arrived back at the station, she immediately called Emily Rutherford and asked her to come in for questioning. When Emily arrived, Sarah told her about the fingerprint they had found and asked her if she knew anything about David Martin.
“No, I’ve never heard of him,” Emily replied.
Sarah then told Emily about Isabel’s revelation, and Emily’s face went pale.
“Rutherford was scared,” she said, her voice barely above a whisper. “He kept saying that someone was following him. He wouldn’t tell me who, but he said he was going to meet with someone to try and figure it out.”
Sarah’s mind raced. If Rutherford had been meeting with someone to figure out who was following him, it was possible that he had uncovered something he shouldn’t have. And if that was the case, it could mean that someone had killed him to keep him quiet.
Emily, do you know who Rutherford was planning to meet with? Sarah asked.
Emily thought for a moment. “He didn’t say, but he did mention that he was going to meet with someone who worked in his office.” “Someone he trusted.”
Sarah’s heart sank. It was possible that Rutherford killer was someone he knew well. Someone who had access to his office and knew his movements.
As Emily left the station, Sarah called Miller into her office. “I want you to pull the security footage from Rutherford’s office on the night of the murder,” she said.
Miller nodded and left to carry out the task. As Sarah waited for the footage to arrive, she couldn’t shake the feeling that they were missing something. There had to be some clue they had overlooked.
Just then, her phone rang. It was Isabel again.
Found a Note
“Detective Jackson, I just remembered something else. I was cleaning out my desk today and found a note that Rutherford had left for me. He said it was important and that I should keep it safe.”
“Can you bring it to the station?” Sarah asked.
“Of course. I’ll be there in ten minutes.”
When Isabel arrived at the station, she handed Sarah the note. It was a small scrap of paper with a few lines of writing in Rutherford handwriting.
Sarah’s heart raced as she read the note. It was a list of names, with the word “bribe” next to each one.
“What is this?” Sarah asked, looking up at Isabel.
“I don’t know,” Isabel replied. “But Rutherford was always very careful about who he trusted. If he wrote down these names, it must mean something.”
Sarah’s mind raced. If Rutherford had uncovered evidence of bribery in his company, it could mean that someone had killed him to keep him quiet. And if that was the case, they had to find out who was involved.
As the security footage from Rutherford’s office arrived, Sarah and Miller began to watch it carefully. They fast-forwarded through hours of footage, looking for anything suspicious.
Finally, they found it. A figure in a dark hoodie, entering the office through the window. The footage was grainy, but Sarah could see that the figure was carrying something large and heavy.
As they watched the footage, Sarah’s phone rang again. It was Emily Rutherford.
“Detective Jackson, I just remembered something else. Rutherford had been having a secret meeting with someone in his office. He told me not to tell anyone, but I think it’s important.”
“Who was he meeting with?” Sarah asked, her heart racing.
“He never said. But he did mention that it was someone he trusted. Someone he had known for years.”
Sarah’s mind raced. It was possible that Rutherford secret meeting was with someone who was involved in the bribery scheme.
“Emily, do you have any idea who this person could be?” Sarah asked.
Emily thought for a moment. “There’s only one person I can think of. Mark Johnson. Rutherford business partner.”
Sarah’s heart sank. If Mark Johnson was involved in the bribery scheme, it could mean that he killed Rutherford to keep him quiet.
Sarah and Miller rushed to Mark Johnson’s office. When they arrived, they found him packing up his things.
“Mark Johnson, you’re under arrest for the murder of Rutherford,” Sarah said, flashing her badge.
Johnson’s eyes widened in surprise. “What? I didn’t kill anyone.”
Sarah approached Johnson and stood in front of him with her arms crossed. “We have reason to believe that you had something to do with Rutherford’s murder,” she said. “You were his business partner, and you had access to his office.”
Johnson’s face was contorted with anger. “This is ridiculous. I had nothing to do with Rutherford death.”
Sarah narrowed her eyes. “Then explain this.” She handed Johnson the note with the list of names and the word “bribe” written next to each one. “We found this in Rutherford possession. Can you explain?”
Johnson hesitated, his eyes darting back and forth. “I…I don’t know what that is.”
“Explain it, Mark,” Sarah said sternly. “We also have footage of someone in a dark hoodie entering Rutherford office on the night of his murder. Do you have an alibi for that night?”
Johnson shook his head. “No, I was at home.”
“Can anyone confirm that?” Sarah asked.
Johnson hesitated. “No, I was alone that night.”
Sarah’s heart sank. It was possible that Johnson was telling the truth, but it was also possible that he was lying. They needed more evidence.
As Johnson was taken into custody, Sarah and Miller continued to investigate. They interviewed everyone on Rutherford list, trying to find out who was involved in the bribery scheme. Slowly but surely, they began to piece together the puzzle.
It turned out that Rutherford had uncovered evidence of a bribery scheme involving several high-ranking officials in the company, including Mark Johnson. When he confronted them, they became angry and threatened him. Rutherford knew that he was in danger, so he had written down the names of everyone involved in the scheme and kept the note hidden in his desk.
On the night of his murder, Johnson snuck into Rutherford office and killed him, hoping to destroy the evidence. But he had overlooked the note, which Rutherford had given to Isabel for safekeeping.
With the evidence in hand, Sarah and Miller were able to arrest the other members of the bribery scheme. The case was finally solved, and Rutherford killer was brought to justice.
As Sarah sat in her office, she felt a sense of satisfaction. She had solved the case, and justice had been served. But at the same time, she feels a sense of sadness for Rutherford. He had been a good man.
But in the end, Sarah knew that she had done her job. She had brought Rutherford killer to justice, and that was all that mattered. She sat back in her chair and took a deep breath, ready for whatever case came her way next.
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