After that, they showed us a picture of the missing girl. We didn’t know anyone in the town and hadn’t seen her either. Thinking that was it, we expressed our regret that we were unable to be of further assistance.

Not at all. A copy of a forum conversation between the missing girl and someone they believed to be her biological father was then pulled out by one of the policemen. They then showed me a mobile number during the forum conversation: my phone number in French.

The only thing I could do to explain it was to say that it had to be a typo, but that wasn’t good enough. I was stumped. They started looking through the search history after asking to see my computer. Then, evidently not believing my house sitting story, they inquired once more about the owners.