It is early in the afternoon. Birds are singing outside the local district police station in the northern Mzeusian county of Erephis. The phone rings. Officer Yousafi spits a piece of chewing gum into the bin and answers.
"Hello? Police?" comes a man's voice.
"Yes sir," Yousafi answers, sitting up straighter at the sound of the man's distressed voice. What..."
"I've...I've found a body."
The man gives directions, and a few minutes later, Officer Yousafi hangs up the phone. "We've got a body." His colleagues look up from their desks. Yousafi stands, puts on his jacket and thunders down the stairs of the police station. More officers follow. Yousafi leaps into his car. It takes half an hour for the police to arrive. On the drive, Yousafi relays the information from the caller to his colleagues.
"A middle aged man. He was found in the woods by the side of the road, partly covered by leafs. The caller was walking his dog. Body looks fresh."
When the officers arrived on scene, Yousafi approached the man. He standing by the road, pointed to the spot where the body lay. Yousafi moved into the woods, pushing aside branches to get to the path the dog-walker had been on. A few feet away, he saw the woman's body.
While some of the police comforted the dog-walker, Yousafi and a few others examined the scene. There was no doubt that this was a murder, but not wanting to contaminate the crime scene, the officers could determine very little else. The forensic team were, however, on their way. Yousafi scowled, turning to another officer, hands on hips.
"When's the last time we had a murder here?"
"Off the top of my head, I don't know." the woman replied.