The man had lost a lot of blood in the time between waking on the beach then reawakening in the hospital. So much so that his pulse was a faint murmur when the paramedics arrived on the scene. They got him on a gurney, that hovered just above the ground, and loaded him into the back of the ambulance, the two paramedics quickly jumped in the back and slammed the doors shut before speeding off to try saving him at the hospital.
The women were questioned by police at a nearby cruiser, explaining that they did not see any assailant when they found him. The police sent the women on their way and began investigating the apparent crime scene. Only finding a pool of blood and the dried out Apple halved.
While the group of police combed the beach a young officer, new to the force, noticed something.
"Sarg, come take a look at this." He said, the young officer was stood 5 foot 6, had short black hair combed over and had a well rested, fresh face. He hadn't seen any action since joining the force, in fact this was the first time he'd been called out to a scene.
"What is it Murphy?" Said sargeant Reynolds, walking over to where Murphy was crouched.
"Look, this doesn't add up." He pointed at where the man was found. "One man gets stabbed, then two girls jog by some time later."
"Your point being?" Asked sargeant. Two other surrounding deputies chuckled at what they thought was the rookie trying to act smart.
Murphy hesitated for a moment then looked up Reynolds.
"There's only three sets of foot prints..." He finally said.
"So what, the guy fell and stabbed himself." A deputy blurted out.
"With what? There was no weapon found." Replied Murphy.
"Someone came along and took the knife before the girls show up." The same deputy responded.
"Three sets of foot prints... Plus the girls were searched and questioned. No weapons." Murphy said. "Plus... That man wasn't wearing shoes, this third set of prints look to be boots of some kind."
Sargeant Reynolds stood, rubbing his chin.
"So how did our mystery guy end up on this beach?" Reynolds pondered out loud.