Ashley was stumbling the middle of a thick forest. Her knees were covered in scratches and her eyes stinging from the tears she had cried. The sound of piercing police sirens echoed throughout the suffocating trees surrounding her, and the flashing police lights blinded her eyes.
Credits: Wallpaper Flare
She covered them with her hands and lets out a sigh. The end seemed near and it looked like Ashley wouldn’t win. This was not what she had planned for her Saturday night. And to think this all started because of a selfie she took.
Warm Saturday Afternoon
Rewind a few hours and it was a sunny Saturday afternoon when Ashley and her family took a trip out to the local farmers market. The plan was to get some fresh produce and spend the day outside, admiring the beautiful surroundings.
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Of course, like every other person, Ashley snapped a picture of herself with the sun beaming on her face to remember this glorious day. She posted it on the internet, locked her phone and went back to admiring the blue sky. Little did she know, this picture would change her life.
A week had passed since Ashley took the selfie and nothing seemed out of place. She intended to spend her next Saturday enjoying Netflix and junk food. Home alone, she sprawled herself across the sofa, binging on reality TV and nibbling on some cookies.
Credits: The Sun
All of a sudden the doorbell rang. She wasn’t expecting any visitors and as soon as she walked towards the door, she was blinded by emergency lights flashing through her windows. She suddenly felt a lump in her throat. “What’s going on?” she thought.
The police barged in through her door and within a few minutes, over 30 officers were in her house searching through her things and flashing their lights across the rooms. “What’s going on?” Ashley could only stand there in horror and confusion.
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“What are you doing in my house?” she managed to ask in between sobs. Ashley had never broken any law and was frightened by the onslaught of armed police, inside her home. One of the officers approached her with a stern and serious look plastered on his face.
Looking For Clues
“Where’s your phone,” this officer asked her sternly and Ashley simply walked over to the sofa picked up her phone and handed it over to the officer. Once he saw her phone, he gave her a glaring stare.
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He asked her to unlock it and started scrolling through her pictures and nearly shrieking when he found what he’s looking for. When he saw the picture, he commanded the other officers to wrap up the search. “Can someone please tell me what’s going on?” Ashley says and so finally, the officer sat Ashley down and began to tell her everything.
The officer revealed the reason behind their invasion. It turns out that the police had spent months and months looking for a criminal responsible for numerous crimes. After what seemed like an endless amount of searching and investigating, they ultimately ended up with no leads.
That is, until now. The police believed that somehow Ashley was the key to locating this criminal and was hiding major information from them. This was a complete shock to Ashley as she had no idea what they were talking about.
How Did She Not See This Before
The police weren’t buying any of Ashley’s confusion and denials. They went through her phone and showed her the selfie she took a week before, the officer stated: “the reflection in your glasses show the man we’re looking for.”
Shocked, Ashley didn’t see anything at first, but then when she looked closer, she couldn’t miss it. The reflection of an old man was caught in her sunglasses. Worried there would be another victim, the police had no other option but to act.
Back To The Scene
“We need to (go) back there straight away!” The police officer yelled. Ashley was still in shock but complied with the demanding police and so, the team set off to the farmers market to find the man.
Ashley took the police the exact spot, she had taken her seemingly harmless selfie-and next to it, there was a ditch near the side of the road, a place that didn’t mean anything to Ashley a week before but a feeling of uncertainty crept upon her now.
Looking Through The Pictures
The police didn’t waste any time when they arrived at the scene and began their search of the premise. They treated it like a crime scene and spent two hours, searching through the grass, inspecting the road and taking countless pictures.
Credits: Lowry & Associates
The investigation seemed to ultimately reach a dead end but Ashley, after being told more about the criminal felt that there was a piece missing. So, she decided to take another look at her pictures from last week and instantly noticed something else and knew she was one step closer.
House In The Woods
One picture, Ashley had taken that day, caught a reflection from a window. This might help find where the criminal might be hiding. As she showed the officers, the majority agreed that this was a great help.
The strangest part though was that there shouldn’t be a house in the area. Since they were currently standing on a ring road opposite a large nature reserve. But when followed Ashley’s direction to where the picture was taken, the finally found a hidden house.
There’s Somebody In The House
It was a derelict house which was only about 15 feet away from the search but was so well- hidden amongst trees, leaves, and bushes, that in the pitch of night, it was hard to spot. Ashley had done more than help the police and was asked to stay back, for her safety.
Slowly, the police crept towards the house. The officers confirmed that there must have been some activity recently as a clean car was parked next to the shack. Suddenly, one of the officers raised his hand.
“I see movement!” He whispered and from behind one of the windows, a person moved from left to right; it was an elderly person and the officers soon realized it was the man they were looking for!
As quietly as they could, the officers approached the house and stood outside. Slowly treading around twigs and leaves, the officers tried their best not to alarm the man inside the house. This was the moment they were waiting for. An officer who was standing next to the door raised his fingers and started the countdown.
Put Your Hands Up
With a deafening bang filling the woods, the police broke down the door and huddled in. “It’s the police, put your hands up,” an officer screamed. Armed with their weapons, they were expecting to find the confused criminal that they had been tracking for months.
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But in reality, it was a completely different story. It seemed like their search was just beginning, rather than ending as the Police thought. Ashley looked from afar, all the commotion, worried that the criminal had escaped.
Inside The Derelict House
Inside the house, the smell of mould and mildew lingered in the air it seemed to cling to the half-draped curtains. The living room, where the old man quietly walked around just a mere few minutes ago, was empty.