8 am: Call from residence. Hysterical woman claiming discovery of dead body. Police dispatch to scene.
8:10: Arrive on scene, met by disheveled homeowner. Led me to kitchen and pointed to metal dog food bowl. Called for backup.
Victim is approx 2 inch long betta fish, dessicated, in dog food bowl. Asked witness where betta normally lives, and she showed me a small tank on counter above the dog food bowl.
Witness Interview One: Homeowner (Female)
“Did you hear anything unusual?” I asked.
“I heard something in the bowl last night,” she replied. “I thought it was the cat messing around so I yelled at him to be quiet, but then I looked in the kitchen and he wasn’t there. So I went to bed.” Then she started crying and acting very guilty.
Witness Interview Number Two: Cat
Approx 9 year old feline, black, sneaky looking. Roommates substantiate alibi that cat was in vicinity of litterbox at time owner reported hearing noises and cat has no history of stalking fish. No restraining orders against cat by victim.
Witness Interview Number Three: Homeowner (Male)
Alibi of being in bed playing with iPad verified. Witness has no useful information other than pointing out if the victim had “fallen into the water dish instead of the dog food bowl, that would have been pretty awesome.”
Witness Interview Four: Children
No information. Parental witnesses may be planning a cover-up.
Victim shows injuries consistent with drying out. No bite wounds on body.
12:10: Upon returning to crime scene, victim is missing. Witness Three admits to flushing victim down toilet. Witness Three claims this was done under direction of Witness One. Witness One claims this was necessary to protect Witness Four.
Witness One still extremely distraught, yelling “Fish don’t just commit suicide! What the heck is going on here??” Rec 5150.
Possible suicide– need to research if betta fish routinely jump out of tanks.
Witness One: History of guinea pig dying under suspicious circumstances at same residence. Serial pet killer?
Witness Three did indicate he had filled the tank that night and the water level was near flush with the top of the tank. Possible set-up?
Witness Two: Cat still on list of suspects. He looks shifty. Indicates resentment of dietary restrictions due to food allergies.