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When Sheriff Grant tells Kellen, whom he calls Junior, that no one can find Wavy, Kellen responds angrily, spooking Grant. Kellen tells Grant that Wavy has a key to his house, so Grant sends a deputy to look for her there while he and an agent named Cardoza go to the farmhouse. Grant is frustrated about Cardoza’s attempts to pin the murders on Kellen. Cardoza is searching for a case to make since he could not arrest Liam for his meth lab.
Grant reflects on Kellen’s violent childhood. Beaten by his father, Kellen had to have his jaw wired in place when he was 10 years old. Later, Grant came to the Barfoot house on a domestic disturbance call to find Kellen beating his father. Kellen started calling himself Kellen, his mother’s maiden name, after living with her family for some time. When he returned, he made trouble, getting into bar fights. Grant believes that Kellen could certainly be violent but that he is unlikely to plan and execute a cover-up.
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At the farmhouse, Grant and Cardoza find Donal in a pile of bloody clothes, scared but physically unharmed, and Grant stops Cardoza from interrogating the child. When he does question Donal later, Grant realizes Donal has rehearsed his answers and is keeping some information back.