That Sinister Thing

#27

Sort of a Sinister post.  Difficult and highly avoided section to write. What happens immediately after the discovery of the stolen body.
Brainstorming –
Paul Collins radioed dispatch to contact the security department of the hospital, and sends a car over to begin taking statements from the personnel on staff and any visitors or patience awake.   Paul also calls the head of security, his golfing partner Fred.
“It is 2 am Paul, the hospital better be on fire.”
“Close. A dead body is missing and it was last seen leaving the hospital.”
This brought Fred not only fully awake, but out of his bed and standing sans pajama bottoms and flipping on the bedroom light.  The light disturbed his sleeping partner, his ex wife of ten years, who pulls the pillow from Fred’s side of the bed and the blankets up over her head.
“What do you mean last seen leaving my hospital?”
“Exactly what I said.  Now, I need you to get over there and help my guys with searching the building, taking statements and reviewing tapes.  I am not saying your people won’t cooperate, but they will be able to with you there to think for them.”
“Wait a minute.  The body went missing after it left my hospital.  Then it’s not my problem per say. It was out of jurisdiction shall we say.  And what do you mean my people won’t cooperate or be able to think.  Some of my people ARE your people.   is this a joke.  . . . Wait a minute is this about last month’s poker game.  I swear, Paul ( belligerent ).”
“Fred. . . . Fred . . .   FRED!”
“What?!?”
“We know the body left the building and initially made it in the vehicle, but it didn’t make it to the funeral home.  The only place it could have left the chain of custody was sitting in the parking lot.”
“Old ER entrance?”
“Yes. Is there going to be video?”
“Maybe, depends.”
“What do you mean maybe depends?”
“Well, that is only used for deliveries, so there is only one camera.  It isn’t wide angled, it just covers the door and ramp.  Depends where the back door of the vehicle is in respect to the camera viewpoint whether or not there is a shot showing what happened.  Let me make a call, I will get dressed and get down there.  Damn. I would have rather this be a joke.”
“Yeah, me too.”
So began Fred’s longest work day at the hospital since retiring from the state police department five years ago.  He took his job seriously, but still, it was not nearly as wearing as being a state trooper.  He had to admit it had become a little boring at times.  Well, this certainly wasn’t going to be boring.
At the hospital, Fred’s call put into works a series of actions.  He called the supervisor on shift and found that as soon as the supervisor had heard over the radio a call to the funeral home and references to the hospital, he locked down the door system and had for lack of knowing what to do set in motion all the procedures associated with an abduction of a patient and any relevant security means in the chain of actions for a drug theft from the pharmacy.  When dispatch called to inform him of the arrival of an officer and  need to interview, he had  begun the set up of a room for statements and one for interviews on site by turning on the lights and unlocking the classrooms behind admin.  A phone call to the security service about retaining records and copies of the evenings video surveillance was when he received the call from Fred.
Fred authorized some call-in additional bodies for security, something the supervisor had already done, counting on the authorization.  (He- supervisor, may just work out for this job after all. Maybe he should change his major at college.)  Fred was quite pleased to find that the kid working as supervisor was on top of things, but still would feel better, as would Paul if he was there.  Informing the supervisor his impending arrival and expected reports for the evening shift.
While all of the movements were taking place, the supervisor had sent a team of two, to walk the building and look- don’t touch any thing out of the ordinary.  An unlocked door, broken anything, just check everything he told them, radio back what they found.  Even if they found everything as it should be. He pulled a paid and noted the time and every time they radioed back, where they were and what they found.  Status normal so far.

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