“The entertainment world mourns the loss of a bright and beautiful star tonight…” The news anchor intoned, gazing solemnly into the camera as chaos reigned around him. “Authorities have just confirmed that the silver BMW that was found abandoned here at rest stop 284 on Hwy 101 was indeed owned by pop star Emilia Monroe. Monroe’s family had filed a missing person’s report four days ago, after friends and family could not reach her and she did not turn up for several promotional events for her new album.”
The camera panned slowly over the scene as the man continued to narrate.
“Monroe was best known for her edgy and provocative music and videos ,and also her roller coaster relationship with ex-boyfriend and fellow musician Logan Kingston. The couple ended their six year relationship after allegations that Monroe had cheated on Kingston with William Roberts, a mutual friend–”
A commotion in the background caught the anchor’s attention, and the camera panned away to show the array of flowers, gifts, cards, posters, and various stuffed animals among the tea lights that flickered feebly in the ocean breeze.
“We are now about to go live to the Chief of Police, who will be making an official statement regarding the disappearance of Emilia Monroe. Let’s listen in.”
Detective Jason Thomas was a brisk, no nonsense man. His sliver hair was trimmed military short, his face clean shaven and his ice blue eyes sharp and assessing as he scanned the crowd.
“After extensive investigation, we have come to the conclusion that Miss Monroe’s disappearance was not the result of foul play. Therefore, until we receive new details pertaining to the status of this case, we are ruling it as a possible suicide and are suspending all official investigation at this time.”
His audience was visibly and vocally outraged at this revelation had no problems letting him know.
The detective held up his hands. “Miss Monroe’s family asks that you respect their wish for privacy at this time as they deal with the disappearance of their daughter and sister. They are not receiving calls, and will not be making any official statements at this time. Thank you.”
He strode away from the podium, ignoring the frantic questions and comments from the media and audience. Chaos reigned once more as police officers stepped up to try to control the agitated crowd.