Sometimes odd things happen in investigations. Here are a few recent examples:
While following a couple through the airport, I knew their flight’s bags were to come in on carousel 7 so I headed to number 6 so I could watch from a distance. They got confused and walked past me to number 5 – passing less than a foot from me. I was careful to keep watching the bags on 6 and not look at them. Later they were at 7 and I relocated next to a pillar by the escalator, looking off toward the incoming flights passengers. They got their bags and walked away from 7 – to a spot 3 feet behind me! I try to stay far enough away that I don’t register on the target’s awareness, sometimes they don’t cooperate. They didn’t seem to notice or change their behavior, I later followed them from a hotel bar and watched them walk together into a room at that hotel (minutes later he texted his wife that he was leaving the bar and heading back to his room and that he loved her).
A soon to be divorced man was upset not only that his estranged wife had a guy living with her but that the guy was a registered sex offender. He decided that at least the guy should have to register at her address and had already contacted local police but without evidence that he was really staying there for more than 5 days they couldn’t do anything. I contacted a neighbor across the street and asked to use his tree to mount a camera – I told him exactly why, even showed him a picture of the guy. The neighbor was happy to let me but did ask if I captured pictures of the cougar rumored roam the area he’d like to see it. The camera caught him coming and going and hiding his car in the garage (that was supposed to be so full of stuff a car wouldn’t fit), caught him mowing the lawn and obviously living there. This was enough to get the police to contact him and he is now registered at her address. Saw a kitty cat, no cougar but did catch two neighborhood kids paying way too much attention to my camera at three AM.
In a contested divorce case I determined that the husband had a new live in girl friend. While I was investigating him and his assets, he appears to have had the girlfriend buy a birthday present for his 6 year old daughter who lives in another state with the wife. She ordered online three Hello Kitty wines! Cannot imagine what she was thinking, was it spite against the wife or against her “boyfriend”? Had no idea there were Hello Kitty wines!
A husband needed to find his estranged wife to serve her with divorce papers, he had two possible areas of the city where she might be. As a precaution I checked for restraining orders and found that not only did his wife have one against him, he had one against her so I couldn’t let either of them know the other’s whereabouts. He did have a lawyer so I told him I could work through the lawyer only. I tracked down a likely address for her and went there – knocked on the door and a young woman answered. I had a picture of the wife and this was not her. I asked if the wife was there she said she doesn’t live there anymore. I asked is she had any forwarding address. A teen aged kid behind her pops up and says she is in rehab in California. The woman agreed with that, but did admit she had a phone number that might or might not be still working. I thanked her and went back to the car and called the number, asked for the wife, and it was she who answered. I explained to her that her husband hired me to find her so she could be served and get the divorce going after these two years. She agreed that would be good, to get it done but was very leery about telling me where she lived or worked but she told me what part of town and said the next evening after she got off work would be good. I said no problem – maybe someplace like Starbucks? She eventually agreed to meet at a police station which was okay by me. The next day she let me know which police station – it was twenty miles from where she had claimed to be. The next day I talked to the husband, he admitted he had been living in his truck in a mountain campground. I never did know where either was really living but he paid cash and the papers were served.
Workers Comp case, a guy out of work seemed to be working, needed to be caught. Knowing he had no license after a DUI it seemed likely he was taking a bus or light rail. On Sunday, not expecting him to be working, I parked near his apartment on the likely route in order to scope out the possibilities, with video cameras aimed at the bus/train station and his apartment I was watching the buses, trains and people. Out of no where he shows up behind my vehicle walking across to a convenience store. Reviewing the videos later I did not see him walking from the apartment or from the bus / train. There is a chain link fence that whole block with no gates or gaps – where had he come from? By syncing the videos I saw a white cargo van come from the direction of the apartment but did not appear in the other view for almost a minute. He had been in the van and they dropped him off right across the street from me. Well I now knew what to look for as his transport to and from work.