When Bertram Telemann, a developmentally disabled man, goes missing from a local diner near Greenbury, the police are called in and start a search for him. There are woods nearby and they work the forest trying to find him. Instead they find a body that has been there a long time, it's just bones.
William Morrow and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you). It will be published January 12th.
The body is of a missing boy that disappeared ten years ago. More officers are allocated and they look for the other two. It was a camping trip they never returned from.
In the meantime the search for Bertram is continuing. When they bring in the dogs, they find his trail only goes to the road. Someone must have picked him up. They know he liked a nurse who spoke his language, so they go to visit her. She's not home and the house smells of bleach. Someone was knifed there.
In the meantime, they find a second body in the woods, another camper. They look for a third body...
Bertram had a girlfriend he'd been separated from. When they check on her, she's missing, too.
There is a lot of investigation and interviews but not everything gets resolved. Ms. Kellerman writes good mysteries.