CHAPTER SIX HUNDRED and THIRTY-SEVEN
“Eh?” Heidi shrugged. “It just takes time, Sandy. Give it a few years and you’ll see. People will be joyous at the return of their items, safely preserved by the salt mine. It will bring families together and with it, hope. That’s worth any amount of money.”
“You’re right, of course,” Sandy said. “It’s just. . .”
“Infuriating,” Heidi said. “I know.”
“Exhausting,” Sandy said. “That’s the word I was going to use.”
Smiling in agreement, Heidi and Ava nodded.
“What do you know about the head?” Sandy asked.
“Ah, the head,” Heidi said. “Ava and her team took DNA before they passed the head to me. I passed it to, well, someone more familiar with heads.”
Heidi gestured for Ava to speak.
“We haven’t finished the entire sequence, but we know it’s the head of a woman,” Ava said.
“Since I’m running point on all of this,” Heidi said. “I wasn’t sure who to copy to get a DNA sample from. It took me a while but I was able to find a younger sister of Sophie Scholl. Of course, she’s quite old now, and. . .”
Sandy and Ava watched Heidi for a long moment.
“The truth is that we threw them into complete chaos,” Heidi said. “They thought that they had the remains of Sophie, her brother, and their friend. But if we have a head? What does that mean? They were also interested in all of the paper pamphlets and packing around the head.”
“The whole thing was a stuck mess, as you can imagine,” Ava said. “We took it to my lab. Leslie, well, you know Leslie, don’t you Sandy?”
“I do,” Sandy said. “Her kids go to the Marlowe School.”
“Right,” Ava said. “Anyway, she figured out a way to separate everything without losing integrity of the paper or the head. We have a number of pamphlets from the White Rose. Most of them are lost to history. So it’s a significant find.”
“It also implies that whoever packed up the box was sympathetic to the cause,” Heidi said.
“We’re waiting for a DNA sample from Germany,” Ava said. “They are supposed to be sending one from her sister. We think we should be able to determine if the head is Sophie’s or not. In the meantime, they are trying to determine what remains they actually have.”
“Nadia contracted with a lab in Germany to do that work,” Sandy said. “I guess they’ve done a lot of that kind of thing from mass graves and the like. They said that they should have preliminary data in the next week or so.”
“Oh, good,” Ava said. “That’s really good. I was going to offer my lab to do it but if you’ve found one that’s done it before that’s really better.”
“As far as I can tell, we don’t know anything definitive, but we’re on our way,” Heidi said.
Denver Cereal continues tomorrow...
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