The pool case moves into the investigation phase …
File 904: Sunken Glass Shards (Series Part 2)
A pure investigation file greets us this week as Inspector Megure and Detective Takagi arrive at the scene and we learn that the victim (Ooiso Nagami, 31) died by drowning. She died between noon and 1 pm, but was only found in the pool around 2 pm.
The three suspects are her fiancé (Samaki Raito, 30), the hotel manager (Toyoshima Ensaku, 56) and her half-sister (Ooiso Hamaka, 28). All three of them applied sunscreen to the victim’s back, thus giving them an opportunity to remove her necklace, prompting her to look for it. All of them also took turns in going to the pool while the victim was searching there, thus giving them an opportunity to kill her. First the hotel manager, at five past twelve, then the fiancé, and finally the half-sister, who came back from the pool at 12:54, asking the receptionists for the time on the way out. The manager claims to have seen her searching in the pool, while the other two were unable to find her there. The receptionists confirm that no one else entered the pool area behind the reception, which also comprises the changing room, showers and washroom.
But since one of the bellboys testifies that the corpse was nowhere to be seen in the pool around 10 minutes before it was found and all of the suspects were looking for the victim together at that point, they all seem to have an airtight alibi?!
The numerous glass shards at the bottom of the pool, which seem to stem from a glass case of some kind and the ca. 50 m long fishing line which was found on the grate covering the pool drain suggest otherwise.
Upon hearing that the bellboys heard a weird noise from the pool and saw big bubbles forming in the water, Conan and Sera rush to the pool’s drain, where they are unsurprised to learn that the grate is fixated with screws and find a hook above the drain. “There’s no doubt. The culprit is that person!” But who is it?!