Here are the facts of the case as explained by TD:
"Naturally I have been very impressed by your extensive record of solving mysteries. Thus I am awarding you a multi-million pound* contract to help me resolve a mystery that has troubled me for many years.
In 1990, I travelled, by car, with my then girlfriend and her dog to Worthing. We went for a stroll in the sea; I was wearing tracksuit bottoms and a t-shirt. I had my keys, including my car keys in the pocket of the tracksuit bottoms. The pocket was rather shallow and when I emerged from the water and we had sat down, I noticed my keys were no longer in my pocket.
I imagined all sorts of possibilities for the next step - train journey home, pick up spare keys, return to Worthing and so on.
However, I said I would re-trace my steps. My girlfriend said it was a forlorn hope as we had no idea where we had entered the sea or retracted from it. I walked in a straight line from where we were seated, walked out into the sea to about the height I imagined we had reached, looked down and picked up my keys which were lying on the sea bed, about four feet below.
We returned, triunphantly, to Berkshire, with no need for spare keys. Was this a simple piece of good fortune, or was there 'special forces' at work?
It was a warm June day; we had never been to Worthing before; no other party was involved; the dog was useless and just sat down looking bored.
*May be re-negotiated.
Terence Dackombe, February 2012"
Our initial response:
Mmmm, this is a very interesting case. I know we said we were 'not for hire' but personally I'd consider doing anything for a million pounds, even a headstand.
Key words here seem to be: straight line, keys, girlfriend, Berkshire, Worthing.
Other significant elements might be: warm day in June, tracksuit bottoms, dog.
I do think it important that you recall the dog 'was useless and just sat down looking bored.' In fact, dogs usually like retrieving things, and they are seldom bored, which is why they make such cheerful companions.
It seems strange that the dog didn't join in the 'game' of looking for the keys. Did it affect looking bored while actually using special powers to take control of your mind and direct you to the exact spot where the keys had been lost?
I need to confer with my colleague but I believe that special forces were at work - a kind of dog/man mind meld.
I would categorise this under 'paranormal'.
We are trying to establish SBI's reputation as we are newly-established, and so we will waive our fee for this one.
We got in touch with TD ('Sir Terence') via Twitter to make further enquiries about the dog. We felt that if it was his girlfriend's dog, it might have been jealous of him. The response was significant:
It transpires that the dog was a Jack Russell called Rambo. Jack Russells, as we know, are highly intelligent:
So, it was TD's birthday! Very interesting. Presumably Mary-Ann had been making a fuss of him that day.
Conclusion: The dog, Rambo, was jealous of TD and wanted to discredit him. Rambo used some kind of mind meld technique that day in Worthing. First, Rambo caused TD to lose the keys in the sea. Next, the dog propelled TD towards the sea in a straight line, like a remote controlled human toy, to retrieve them. The 'bored' appearance of the dog was due to intense concentration.
The straight line is important: humans rarely walk in a straight line; it would be more usual to use a frantic wiggle to cover as much ground as possible in the hunt for the keys. It emphasises TD's robotic, controlled state. Also, the dog couldn't resist making it clear that he knew exactly where the keys were, by sending TD directly to their location without deviation.
By using TD like a toy, Rambo was attempting to demonstrate his superiority to him to Mary-Ann. The dog's intention was to ruin the relationship.
Categorised as: Paranormal.
[n.b. pictures posted by a model.]