It’s late August 2018, and a young man is leading investigators to the place where he says he has left a body. The group’s fateful journey sees them drive through the countryside of central Iowa, with the man using his phone to retrace the route that he claims to have taken a month before. And if the suspect is telling the truth, the authorities will have the grisly resolution to a mystery that has haunted the state for weeks.
Then the cars pull up alongside a cornfield – one more or less indistinguishable from any in Poweshiek County. And the investigators pile out and urge the man who has led them here to show them the location they need to see. They may have to steel themselves, too, to be ready for what the individual promises that they will find.
So the young man leads the investigators 20 yards or so through the corn, with the group pushing aside the swaying heads of grain as they walk. Then, finally, the man stops by a pile of leaves. And, tragically, the remains of a woman who has clearly died some time ago are seen lying under the vegetation.