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he team is particularly disgusted to find the corps of a 9-year old girl, almost completely decomposed after three months in a huge interstate water supply maze. It's Brianna Swanson, a long missing top contestant in beauty pageants for children, whose mother Jackie Swanson was so obsessed with winning that she not only resorted to adult make-up (the reconstruction looked about age 30) but also excessive diet, teeth bleaching, dangerous doses of growth hormone and even deliberate mutilation by a permanent, ever-tighter corset. There's a tape of the Jackie furious at Brianna's refusal to keep competing half an hour before her disappearance. The father, Jackie's ex Dave Swanson, is a roof worker, fitting the bitumen traces of which were found on the corps. Zack finds traces of post-mortem abuse. Jackie's alibi and her claim that Brianna loved competing are confirmed, Brianna was mean, insulted and stole from fellow contestants. Angela finally accepts to date Hodgkins, but only to get it out of their system, only... Contestant Hailey's 17-year old brother Jeremy Farrell, who dresses 'emo', was seen lurking around and wears metal-tip shoes like Brianna was kicked with, but the wrong metal. The toxic place the body was in for two months until swept away by storms has a pageant medal, fitting a competitor's mother, ex-miss Kristen Mitchell, who might be eliminating rivals, but physically cannot by the abuser. Closer examination of substance traces indicates another line of suspects or an accident...

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