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Old 11-07-2010   #1 (permalink)
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Question The Case of the Accidental Drowning

I was not quite sure as to why I was being called down to investigate an accidental drowning at Sandyside River but fortunately, it was a sunny day and I could not think of a better place to be. Who knows, maybe once I was done, I would get a little fishing in.

When I arrived, there were a few police officers and a small gathering of onlookers. Two of the officers were standing on the public docks talking to what looked like an extremely well tanned gentleman who was wearing a bathing suit. Next to them in the water was a canoe that looked like it had seen better days.

After approaching the trio, I introduced myself to the tanned fellow, who was looking very upset, and asked him what had happened.

Its simply terrible Inspector! My friend Jim and I were out canoeing when I suggested that we give the Sunnyside rapids a go, said the distraught man as he pointed in a southern direction towards the rapids. Jim was a little concerned as he had never been in a canoe before today but I told him there was no need to worry, I would steer, all he had to do was paddle. Unfortunately, the rapids were a little more difficult than I remembered. Im not sure exactly what happened or when he fell out, all that I know is that when I got to the end of the rapids, I turned around and he was not there.

I looked down at the canoe and observed that there were a couple of lifejackets and one wooden paddle with a large crack within the blade. I was just about to inquire as to how the paddle became damaged when the man stated, Hell, I didnt even notice that. My paddle is broken. I guess I must have cracked it on one of the rocks while I was traversing the rapids.

Yes, that is possible, I said. But it is more likely that it cracked when you used it to hit Jim!

Why did Inspector Nose suspect that Jims drowning was not an accident?

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Opened up for your input.
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Does it have something to do with "I would steer, all he had to do was paddle. ". I think you steer from the rear
He would have seen Jim the whole time...
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I agree, he would have been steering from the rear, and any one who has never been in a canoe would be up front
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Old 11-16-2010   #5 (permalink)
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The Official Answer

The man claimed that he was steering the canoe. If he were steering, he would have been in the back of the canoe. The detective suspects that because the man lied about not seeing Jim fall in the water, hes probably responsible and as he stated, may have used his paddle to hit Jim before pushing him overboard.
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