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- Author: Kendra Elliot
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“I won’t miss this part of the job,” Victoria heard Dr. James Campbell mutter
as he held a blackberry vine out of the way for Lacey and Victoria to pass by.
A discovery of dead bodies had abruptly shortened their Italian dinner at
Portland’s fabulous Pazzo Ristorante. The trio of coworkers had been
relaxing over a lovely Barbaresco when the medical examiner’s phone
buzzed. He’d taken the call at the table and raised a brow at the women,
who’d nodded. Both forensic specialists wanted to accompany him to the
Five teenagers were dead in the depths of Forest Park.
Time to go to work.
The guiding police officer who’d met them at the trailhead commented,
“A hiker found the scene about four hours ago. Looks pretty fresh. One of the
girls was still breathing and they rushed her to the hospital. She’s not
expected to make it.” He paused to take a breath, and the volume of his voice
dropped to where Victoria leaned forward to hear him. “I gotta say, this is
one of the most disturbing sights I’ve ever seen.” The tough cop looked
Who would kill so many teenage girls? Victoria Peres shook her head. It
was a messed-up world. And working at the medical examiner’s office as a
forensic anthropologist showed her some of the darkest corners of that world.
The indignities and atrocities that people inflicted on other human beings
were mind-numbing. The kids were the hardest for her to stomach.
The three of them pointed their flashlights at the dirt path, choosing
their footsteps carefully, following the police officer. Luckily the fall rains
had paused for the moment, because tonight the forest was intimidating
enough. Firs towered overhead, blocking all light from the full moon. Ferns
sprouted from tree trunks, drawing nutrition from the bark and thick moss
that draped the branches.
Victoria had already given thanks that she’d worn
her boots to dinner in honor of the fall chill. Still dressed for dinner, the three
of them looked out of place for the two-mile hike in the damp woods. It was
rare that she accompanied Dr. Campbell to a scene. Her job usually kept her
inside the medical examiner’s building.
But this was Dr. Campbell’s last month on the job. Oregon’s ME was
ready to retire. And Victoria wanted to spend every working moment she
could with him, soaking up his experience, wisdom, and wit. “I can’t do
anything about the death,” Dr. Campbell once told her. “But I can do
something about what happens after the death.
I can speak for the victims,
explain their injuries, and bring justice.” It described exactly how Victoria
felt about her job. There was a mutual respect between her and Dr. Campbell
that made her cross her fingers, hoping she could achieve the same with the
new medical examiner.
Dr. Campbell’s daughter, Lacey, had told Victoria she’d miss working
with her father. Lacey served as the ME’s forensic odontologist. She and her
father were very close.
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