The boss explained how officers had circulated the new photographs of Holly, throughout the United States. He admitted he also doubted Holly was alive after all this time, but said he would take any help he could get. He also had for Derek a document called a Statement Analysis. How a person answered the questions would allow interrogation experts to detect any lies or deceptions. It could help not only in dismissing suspects, but also in detecting suspects.
Lying on top was a large overstuffed manila folder with August 8, 1986, written on it in black letters. “Could it be?” Derek whispered. He carefully removed the faded and tattered binder that held all the information the original investigators had on the disappearance of 13year-old Holly Buford.
It took four hours to re-read and re-examine the entire box of evidence. When Derek was finished, he was exhausted and hungry. He felt he needed to start at the beginning to have any chance of solving this tragic and heartbreaking case. The strange, twisted case, that still haunted him.
Derek and his new partner, Mack, called it a day and left headquarters. After the second mug of coffee, the officers relaxed in a corner booth for shoptalk. They planned to re-interview Holly’s friends from 1986. They knew that might be difficult, since some might have moved away and changed their names or even died, but that was the best plan they had.