The dead man washed ashore at high tide, in the middle of the night.
The body was discovered just after six in the morning, by a woman who’d decided to take a walk on the beach instead of stopping at the coffee shop before work, like usual.
Police could not identify the victim. There were no fingerprint or dental records of the man, and he carried no wallet or papers.
One of the officers found a coin in the corpse’s jacket pocket.
If he’d looked carefully, he would have noticed that the date on the quarter was from 31 years into the future.