What Dies Beneath
Season 2
City Pacific Bay
District Ocean Shore
Case # 3
Initial release date 27th March 2014
Partner(s) Amy Young (All Chapters)
Yann Toussaint (3 tasks in Additional Investigation)
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What Dies Beneath is a case featured in Criminal Case, appearing as the fifty-ninth case of the game and the third case of Pacific Bay. It takes place in Ocean Shore, a district based in Pacific Bay.


Amy Young and the player were having a discussion about the player's investigation with Frank Knight in the previous case, when suddenly Roxie Sparks approached the two and asked them to join her scuba diving trip to the exotic waters of Ocean Shore, in which she mentioned a newly discovered part of the coral reef near the marina. However, the trip was cut short when they discovered a human body under the water, who (per Roxie) was Valerie Green, a professional scuba diver who recently entered the party scene. Roxie then took Valerie's body for autopsy, marking the beginning of yet another murder investigation.

After extensive analysis of initial evidence, it was discovered that the cause for Valerie drowning to death was due to an act of sabotage on her scuba diving equipment, in which the killer had rigged Valerie's oxygen tank before Valerie arrived for her equipment so that the oxygen tank's gauge stayed at full all the time, the one thing Valerie failed to notice, allowing her to die of suffocation while under the water. With all the necessary evidence gathered, party organizer Peter Long, better known as Mighty Pete, was found responsible for the premeditated murder of Valerie.

Mighty Pete killed Valerie because she manipulated and used him by playing hard to get and forcing him to spend bigger and bigger gifts. Then she broke up with him. Enraged, Mighty Pete used Valerie's knowledge of being a scuba diver to sabotage her scuba diving equipment, killing her. Judge Dante sentenced Mighty Pete to 45 years in prison (30 years for murder and 15 years for speaking in third-person).



  • Valerie Green (drowned after her scuba diving equipment was sabotaged)

Murder Weapon

  • Drowning


  • Mighty Pete


Killer's Profile

  • The killer uses hand cream.
  • The killer knows scuba diving.
  • The killer drinks champagne.
  • The killer wears a gold chain.
  • The killer is male.

Crime Scenes


Chapter 1


  • Investigate Underwater Coral. (Clues: Victim's Body, Algae, Scuba Tank; Victim identified: Valerie Green; Murder Weapon registered: Drowning)
  • Autopsy Victim's Body. (18:00:00; Attribute: The killer uses hand cream)
  • Analyze Scuba Tank. (03:00:00; Attribute: The killer knows scuba diving)
  • Examine Algae. (Result: Soggy Paper)
  • Examine Soggy Paper. (Result: Party Yacht)
  • Investigate Party Yacht. (Prerequisite: Flyer restored; Clues: Torn Photo, Identification Plate)
  • Examine Identification Plate. (Result: Identification Number)
  • Analyze Identification Number. (06:00:00; New Suspect: Mighty Pete)
  • Talk to Mighty Pete about Valerie. (Prerequisite: Identification Number analyzed)
  • Examine Torn Photo. (Result: Mysterious Woman on Photo)
  • Examine Mysterious Woman. (New Suspect: Angie Cortez)
  • Ask Angie about her relationship with Valerie. (Prerequisite: Angie identified on photo)
  • Go to Chapter 2. (1 star)

Chapter 2


  • Investigate Diving Shop. (Available after unlocking Chapter 2; Clues: Handmade Bomb, Valerie's Locker)
  • Examine Bomb. (Result: Bomb; New Suspect: Mike Herbert)
  • Analyze Bomb. (09:00:00; New Suspect: Leah Davies)
  • Talk to Leah about the bomb. (Prerequisite: Bomb analyzed; Profile updated: Leah uses hand cream and knows scuba diving)
  • Talk to Mike about Valerie. (Prerequisite: Bomb restored; Profile updated: Mike uses hand cream and knows scuba diving)
  • Examine Valerie's Locker. (Result: Clear Liquid)
  • Analyze Clear Liquid. (12:00:00; Attribute: The killer drinks champagne; New Crime Scene Unlocked: Deep Coral)
  • Investigate Deep Coral. (Prerequisite: Clear Liquid analyzed; Clues: Phone, Broken Camera)
  • Analyze Phone. (09:00:00)
  • Talk to Angie about her flirtations with Mighty Pete. (Prerequisite: Phone analyzed; Profiles updated: Angie uses hand cream and drinks champagne, Pete drinks champagne)
  • Examine Broken Camera. (Result: Underwater Camera; New Suspect: Roger Strout)
  • Ask Roger about his photographs with Valerie. (Prerequisite: Camera restored; Profile updated: Roger knows scuba diving)
  • Go to Chapter 3. (2 stars)

Chapter 3


  • Investigate Party Bar. (Available after unlocking Chapter 3; Clues: Faded Paper, Ice Maker)
  • Examine Faded Paper. (Result: Letter to the Lawyers)
  • Ask Mighty Pete about the letter to his lawyers. (Prerequisite: Letter to the Lawyers restored; Profile updated: Pete uses hand cream and knows scuba diving)
  • Examine Locked Ice Maker. (Result: Ice Maker)
  • Examine Ice Maker. (Result: Ice Cubes)
  • Analyze Ice Cubes. (09:00:00)
  • Ask Leah about the Laxatives. (Prerequisite: Ice cubes analyzed; Profile updated: Leah drinks champagne)
  • Investigate Shop Counter. (All tasks before must be completed; Clues: Valerie's Bag)
  • Listen to what Mike has to say about the victim. (Prerequisite: Shop Counter investigated; Profile updated: Mike drinks champagne)
  • Talk to Roger about his anger towards Valerie. (Prerequisite: Mike interrogated; Clues: Victim's Toolbox; Profile updated: Roger drinks champagne)
  • Examine Victim's Toolbox. (Prerequisite: Roger interrogated; Result: Screwdriver)
  • Analyze Screwdriver. (09:00:00; Attribute: The killer wears a gold chain)
  • Examine Valerie's Bag. (Result: Death Threat)
  • Examine Threatening Note. (Result: Saliva)
  • Analyze Saliva. (15:00:00; Attribute: The killer is male)
  • Take care of the killer now!
  • Go to Additional Investigation. (No stars)

Additional Investigation


  • See what Angie wants to tell you. (Available after unlocking Additional Investigation)
  • Investigate Party Yacht. (Prerequisite: Angie interrogated; Clue: Barrel)
  • Examine Barrel. (Result: Toxic Waste Barrel)
  • Examine Toxic Waste Barrel. (Result: Unidentified Chemical Product)
  • Analyze Unidentified Chemical Product. (06:00:00)
  • Ask Leah about the Barrel. (Prerequisite: Unidentified Chemical Product analyzed; Reward: Burger)
  • Tell Angie about Leah and the yacht. (Prerequisite: Leah interrogated; Reward: 20,000 Coins)
  • Investigate Underwater Coral. (Available after unlocking Additional Investigation; Clue: Fishing Net)
  • Examine Fishing Net. (Result: Unknown Shrimp)
  • Analyze Unknown Shrimp. (03:00:00)
  • See what Roger is up to. (Prerequisite: Unknown Shrimp analyzed; Rewards: Wetsuit, Captain Hat)
  • Move on to a new crime! (1 star)


  • The title of this case has been inspired by What Lies Beneath, a 2000 American supernatural horror film.
  • This is one of the cases of Pacific Bay in which the murder weapon is an action—in this case, the killer sabotaged the victim's equipment to force the victim to drown to death.
  • In the crime scene "Deep Coral", you can spot a clownfish and a blue surgeonfish; which are references to Marlin and Dory from Finding Nemo.
  • In the crime scene "Party Yacht", the bear (taking aside its color difference) is very similar to Lotso from Toy Story 3.