When I was in high school a friend and I were walking through some brush and came across a police officer's ticket book/box and some shotgun shells in a plastic box. The previous tickets' carbon copies were recent, maybe a day or two old IIRC. At the time I thought it was strange but I didn't think it was serious. As an adult, however, I can't figure out how a ticket book would have found its way into some brush unless something very unusual happened. I was watching the local news to see if any officers had been recently harmed or gone missing, but nothing like that ever came on the news during that time. As a result I didn't feel any great need to report it at the time, even though I would almost certainly report it today.
So, would you assume that this was related to foul play or do officers ever go 'AWOL' when they quit and just leave their stuff lying around for anybody to come across? I mean, even though it seems rather unlikely, officers are just humans like anybody else and I've seen some coworkers of mine do some really stupid things in the process of quitting or getting fired.