My Observations

The Moon Summit Mystery

Episode 1

Physical Items

  • Ami Letter
  • Autopsy
  • Bear Claw
  • Department Newsletter
  • Field Interviews
  • Incident Area Sketch
  • Incident Report
  • Multitool
  • Photograph
  • PI Letter
  • Wildlife Guide


  • Moon Summit Case
  • Moon Summit National Park




  • What is the murder weapon?

Physical Items

Ami Letter

Observation #1

Ami informs us of how to access her files on Michelle's website.

Observation #2

This is the letter Michelle received asking for her services.


Observation #1

Okay, now I am starting to understand why this is a suspected murder instead of an obvious open-and-shut animal attack.

Observation #2

In the "circumstantial summary", the ME states: "The postmortem injuries obscure the specific circumstances of the fatality, but are consistent with scavenging behaviors of animals known in the area the decedent was found."

  • Any injuries caused by a murder would have been decimated and covered up by scavenging animals.

Bear Claw


This was discovered in the lab tent at the campsite.

Department Newsletter

Observation #1

This newsletter sports an article of the planned expedition to find the "ghost lynx".

Observation #2

Zombie Fungus and Other Entomopathogenic Parasites!!

  • Where the hell was this class when I was taking college courses?!

Field Interviews

Observation #1 - Conrad Wildingham

An hour or so of stretching?

  • Jeez-uz.

Observation #2 - Conrad Wildingham

Conrad mentions an eagle's nest Toby was interested in to the southeast of the camp.

Observation #3 - Emma Marie Clarkson

Emma claims she accompanied Rusty to check on a trap.

Observation #4 - Emma Marie Clarkson

She also mentions the eagle's nest Toby was interested in.

  • The body was found west of the camp.

Observation #5 - Lillian Walker

Lillian also went off by herself after dinner/sundown. Even though she knew they were not to go off alone.

Observation #6 - Lillian Walker

She knew that Toby had gone off on his own too. Or did he? Maybe they went off together...

Observation #7 - Nigel Ricci

Nigel is the only expedition member to not have a bad thing to say about Toby.

Observation #8 - Nigel Ricci

He says he heard rustling sounds coming from another tent and just assumed it was Conrad doing his exercises.

  • Could this have been a struggle between Toby and his killer?

Observation #9 - Rusty Tudlik

Rusty accounts for being the one to realize Toby was missing at "curfew" and how he alerted the ranger station.

Observation #10 - Rusty Tudlik

According to Rusty, Toby was inexperienced in comparison to the rest of the expedition members.

Incident Area Sketch


This shows the approximation of locations.

  • Why were the compass and medallion on opposite sides of the camp yet so far from the mirror and body?
  • Did Toby lose them as he was hiking?

Incident Report

Observation #1

We can start building a timeline from this document.

Observation #2

Ranger Beth Fleming observed that it appeared the body was dragged to the cave entrance, and that the cause of death was a bear attack as there were bear tracks and bear scat nearby.

Observation #3

Along with a destroyed camera, shredded granola bar wrapper, and flashlight, Toby's backpack was found 2 yards from his body.

Observation #4

The backpack contained:

  • a wallet
  • lanyard and attached keychain
  • multitool (which we received)
  • camera lens
  • compass
  • Moon Summit wildlife guide (which we received)
  • Moon Summit Region 3A map
  • functional walkie-talkie



This was found in Toby Mendia's backpack.



This is a photograph of the victim, Toby Mendia, postmortem.

PI Letter

Observation #1

Michelle has created a new shared desktop for us and is assigning assignments this time around.

Observation #2

Ooh, DeviantTracker Pro... Wonder what upgrades that program has been given.

Observation #3

She gives us a semi-tutorial of how to navigate the website.

Wildlife Guide

Observation #1

We are provided a website in this booklet.

Observation #2

It also doubles as a place to keep our notes throughout this season.


Moon Summit Case

Observation #1


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Observation #2

Michelle has really kicked this website up compared to her website for Charles MacDonagh in Class of '98.

Observation #3

This is where we can access files that Michelle uploads as well as Ami's university portal.

Observation #4 - Whitlock University Portal


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Observation #5 - Whitlock University Portal


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Observation #6 - Whitlock University Portal

Ami provides us with a supply list of what was issued to the expedition team.

Observation #7 - Whitlock University Portal

Note that the tactical knife measures 5" long.

  • This is the depth of the lung wound noted in the autopsy report.

Moon Summit National Park

Observation #1

A lot of this information is also included in the wildlife guide.

Observation #2

We can learn a little bit about the park and which areas are more prominent to have certain types of animals.

  • Region 3A (Echo Cavern) has a grizzly bear habitat.
  • Region 1C (West Edge Cliff) holds the eagle's nest Toby was supposedly interested in photographing.


8:00 PM

  • Expedition team at dinner.

9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

  • Toby Mendia left the campsite for unknown reasons.
  • Rusty Tudlik checked on a trap east of the camp.
  • Lillian Walker left the campsite alone to take "documentary photographs".
  • Emma Clarkson accompanied Rusty Tudlik in checking his trap.


Guilty Until Proven Innocent

  • Conrad Wildingham
  • Emma Clarkson
  • Lillian Walker
  • Nigel Ricci
  • Russell Tudlik


What is the murder weapon?

Tactical Knife