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Chapter 4

Jack followed Jeremy through a door and up three flights of stairs. There were young people sitting opposite job centre employees at desks in a large main room but Jeremy ushered the Sherrif into an office on the right hand side.  Jeremy seated himself behind the desk, gesturing to Jack to pull up a chair.

"Well Sherrif, what do you want to know?" he asked.

"How long had Bryan Krugar been employed by you?"

"Over two years".

"What duties did he carry out?"

"He signed people in regularly, looked out for possible job opportunities for people, set up meetings for people who needed extra help, suggested courses of action such as attending interview skills workshops, that kind of thing."

"When did you see him last?"

"A fortnight ago. He had had a normal day at work and went home so he said. We expected him the next day but he never showed up. Instead his wife rang us to say that he had not returned home the previous night so she was worried and reported him to the police as a missing person."

"What was he like as an employee?"

Jeremy paused, thinking. "He was reserved and concentrated on his work. He got along well with his colleagues."

"He had no enemies you know of?"

"None".

"No competitiveness or jealousy between him and the other employees?"

"No."

"Okay, here's my card in case you remember anything of any importance." Jack handed Jeremy a card with his details on.

"Thank you Sherrif."

*

"When exactly did your husband vanish?" asked Tanya.

Claudia swallowed. "On a Wednesday night, two weeks ago. He is normally home before or at the same time as me. When I came back to an empty house I waited for a while. I tried ringing his mobile but it went straight to voice mail. At eight I rang the police and reported him missing."

"In the days leading up to his disappearance was he stressed or agitated or unlike himself?"

"No. He was very much the same as usual."

"Did he have any enemies that you know of? A co-worker, an ex-girlfriend, anyone?"

"He got on well with his coworkers, he has lost touch with his former girlfriends and everyone round here seemed to like him."

"Did his travels ever take him anywhere near Hudson River? That is where his body was found."

"Not that I know of."

"There's nothing more you can think of to tell me?"

Claudia  shook her head.

"Well, in case you do think of something, here's my card." Tanya handed her a slip of white card which Claudia gratefully took.

*

Nothing so far then?" asked Jack comparing his and Tanya's notes on their respective interviews.

Tanya shook her head.

"Well I guess it's too early for any major breakthrough. I suggest that tomorrow we make a statement to the press and urge anyone who thinks they have any information to come forward and help us with this case. I hope it won't become a cold case. I hate those."

"Me too."

The End

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