20th of Wedmath, Year 3001 of the 3rd Age, Michael Delving.
Daisy Brockhouse of Michael Delving was reported missing yesterday after she failed to return from a game of Hiders and Seekers. The Seeker, Rollo Newbuck, is not considered a suspect.
At a press conference this morning, 2nd Shirrif Bodo Bunce said only that “At this point Rollo is certainly considered a person of interest. We encourage him to co-operate fully with the investigation.”
While no Hobbit would speak openly on the subject, many whisper about dark possibilities. A well known intolerance for pork among the young is thought to be behind the rumour that Hobbits, in fact, consume their own dead. Some citizens quietly speculate that it’s only a short journey and a bare cupboard from this secret funerary right to murder and cannibalism.
Thus far, local Hobbits have been unwilling to come forward with information relevant to the investigation.