The Case of the Kidnapped HeiressMystery teasers are little stories where you need to figure out what happened based on the given clues.
It was a dark and foggy evening. Audra was an heiress who lived in a mansion on a large estate in the country. She was feeling very ill with the flu. Izzy, her maid, brought her some very strong flu medicine, and Audra took a dose. The warnings on the bottle warned of extreme drowsiness, but she wasn't worried. Her only plans for the next day were to rest and watch for the security system repair person. All of the staff had the day off for a festival in town.
Many hours after having retired to her room for some rest, two dark figures broke into the mansion. They were friends of Izzy at the security company; and she had told one of them, jokingly, that this would be the perfect night to break into this mansion.
Quickly, Butch and Ugly made their way upstairs to Audra's room to kidnap her. They had been planning her kidnapping, but this had been their first opportunity. Izzy, Butch's girlfriend, had mentioned that Audra was ill. Quickly, they carried her out of the mansion and into a waiting late model sedan. Luckily, they had not been seen.
Once at the car, they taped her mouth shut. They put her in the trunk and drove quietly away. They were pleased with themselves that they had gotten away with it so easily. They would certainly enjoy spending the ransom!
After a little ways down the road, they had to stop for gas. Butch blows up in anger. The rental place had been so busy informing him of the broken escape latch in the trunk, that they had forgotten to fill the car up with gas. While the full-service attendant filled it up, the two guys talked freely all about their plans. Their windows were rolled up so the attendant couldn't hear anything.
While waiting, Butch realized that he was out of cigarettes. Ugly remembered that he had forgotten to eat dinner. They both got out and ran into the station. They had a ways to drive ahead and needed to get some food and smokes now. The attendant finished before they came back and went inside to collect payment from the guys. Soon they were back in their car and back on the road again.
After leaving there, they drove about another six hours and even crossed state lines before they reached the hotel where they planned to stay the night. Since she had been sleeping when they took her, and the weather was pleasant, they left Audra in the trunk. They went inside to their rooms for a good night's rest.
The next morning after breakfast, Butch and Ugly went back to the car and opened the trunk. They were shocked to find Audra gone, and there was no evidence of how or where she had gone. While still standing with the trunk open, they were arrested for Audra's kidnapping.
What happened to Audra? How did she get out of the trunk? When did she leave the car and was she alone? How did the police find Butch and Ugly so quickly?
HintThe men can only be punished in one state for their crimes.
AnswerWhen they put Audra in the trunk of the car, she woke up. She quickly started searching in the dark for a way out. She felt the car come to a stop. During the drive, she had been pushing on the back of the trunk when she felt part of it give way. She looked out through the opening and saw that it opened into the back seat. The men were loudly discussing where they were going. After the guys got out of the car, she quietly and carefully got into the back seat and out the back door. She quickly crawled behind the next car and from there she could see the license plate of the car she had been in. After the guys drove away, she ran inside the gas station and called the police with all of the information. Butch and Ugly were arrested the next morning at their car.
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