Well, I would like to think this revelation ends the case. The man is not missing but is actually with his wife.
Just a case of a jilted lover?
Good thing I am an experienced investigator. I learned the hard way that while a simple answer is usually the correct one, it isn’t wise to wrap up a case on an assumption.
I sent Maggie home.
I didn’t tell her I was going to visit that old mine.
My failure at the FBI taught me about the value of questions. Answer all of them before you close a case.
Did Mr. and Mrs. Nickels visit the claim together?
Did Mr. Nickels go by himself for some reason?
Did Mrs. Nickels suspect her husband of cheating?
Has anyone heard from Mrs. Nickels?
I really don’t care about any of this. It isn’t my job to care.
My job is to determine the whereabouts of Mr. Nickels. Period.
A lover’s quarrel means nothing to me. It’s none of my business.
But if the Professor has met a deadly end, my job may take a very different direction. I would be obligated to involve law enforcement.
I get paid either way. So, spending the extra effort and time by visiting the mine equals income.
And I get to rent a car.