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Best Laid Plans/Burned Alive: Updated
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Best Laid Plans/Burned Alive: Updated (4 of 20)
Det. Ray Diaz, Sowa's partner, works the second crime scene.
Detectives find six 9mm casings.
Det. Tim Entenok interviews a witness at the second crime scene who is able to provide descriptions of the minivan and one of the individuals at the scene during the shooting.
In Harris County, Texas, investigators are called to the scene of a terrible crime.
Investigators respond to a call about a woman who was bound, beaten and burned alive.
Dep. Jason Brown is shocked by the brutality of the scene.
Due to the fire, investigators must wait to see if any evidence can be recovered. Their victim, Melissa Birch, suffered burns over 80% of her body and is clinging to life at the hospital.
Investigators are able to recover the victim's clothes from the rubble, but little else.
Dep. Brown calls in a BOLO (Be-On-the-Look-Out) on the car belonging to Melissa's roommate, "Joker," hoping he may have information that could help the investigation.
Back in Cleveland, clear skies rapidly turn to snow.
Detectives Sowa and Diaz go to pick up the driver of the crashed minivan, who has been released from the hospital.