DAVID GRUE: Thanks Sandra. I’m here outside of the Guzzled Mug, located in Pendros’s Historic District at Lafayette and Lawrence, where Officer Packard was last scene.
(Cut from live footage to footage recorded earlier. A man’s profile picture can be seen. He wears a sweater and jeans, and plays with a small child)
DAVID CRUE: Peter Packard was a husband and father of four children. He was also the lead investigator for what the people of Pendros are now calling the ‘Vanishing Case’, which started with the disappearance of 21-year old Ashley Price.
(Cut to taped footage of a woman crying.)
JANICE PRICE: She had just started her fourth year of college, and her last location update said she was at #9. But then, she just vanished!
(Cut back to another photo, this one of an attractive, young blonde woman, wearing a soccer jersey and smiling. It falls on top of the photo of Officer Peter Packard)
DAVID CRUE: That footage was taken in July from an interview with Ashley’s mother, Janice Price. The only clue investigators found was Ashley’s bloody identifier chip, which was located inside of a Barkovian Incineration Plant, far from the Thinkbest bar Ashley was last seen. Thinkbest Industries has taken over the investigation of that disappearance, but have found no leads.
(More photos fall onto the pile, before it cuts to video footage of Pendros’s Industrial District, and the location of Barkovian Incineration plants.)
DAVID CRUE: What does Ashley’s situation have to do with Peter Packard? Ashley’s identifier chip wasn’t the last one found at this location; at least 4 others, investigators say, were located there as well. All of them missing cases, and all of them starting in Pendros’s Thinkbest district. Until two weeks ago. Another identifier chip was located, but this time, the person who had disappeared was last spotted…at the Guzzled Mug.
(Cut to footage of the Guzzled Mug during the day)
DAVID GRUE: That’s when Officer Packard’s case opened up. The historic district is under public protection, and Peter’s case got one step closer to being solved.
(The pile of photos begins burning up)
DAVID GRUE: That was until last week, when Officer Packard…vanished.
(Cut back to live footage of David Grue in front of the Guzzled Mug)
DAVID GRUE: Sandra, we’ve tried to get a comment the supposed owner of this bar, but he had no comment for us. Patrons of the bar told us that attendance has gone down ever since new tenants rented out the apartment above this abandoned office supply store located right next door; they have been unable to reach for comment.
SANDRA REED: David, I can see a gaping hole in the wall there. Has there been any indication of violence at that address?
DAVID GRUE: That’s funny thing Sandra. Witnesses say that the tenants have visitors all hours of the night, and that only yesterday there was a large group of women gathered there and at the bar. You can see into the residence from that whole, and as you can see, it seems decked out like a Cyberpunkers laboratory, see maybe the hole was caused by an experiment gone wrong? Like I said earlier, no one has answered our requests for an interview at the residence, and police say that there are no answers to be had during the day. One thing is for sure, once people began disappearing from the Guzzled Mug, disappearances at #9 stopped, which was around the same time as these tenants above the bar moved in. A very odd coincidence I think Sandra.
SANDRA REED: An odd coincidence indeed. Investigative reporter David Grue, thank you David.
DAVID GRUE: Thank you Sandra.
(Back in the studio)
SANDRA REED: 9wants to know! If you have any tips in this investigation, please call 303-871-9999 or contact us at 9news.com.
(Storyteller note: Those are real numbers, please don’t actually call them!)