After the Beaumont children left their house, “the siblings had boarded a public bus at 10:00 a.m. for a five-minute ride to the beach…Their mother Nancy spent the morning with her friend, while her husband Jim was at work. Nancy told her children to return home by 2:00 p.m. for lunch (Casale).” By the time they arrived at the beach, many people from the community were able to say that they saw the children there. “They were seen at 11:00 a.m. by an elderly women who spotted them playing under a sprinkler. But someone else was also present: a lean, blond man in a blue bathing suit. He was first lying belly down, watching the Beaumont children play. Fifteen minutes later, the mystery man was playing with them.”Then at around 11:45 A.M. the children were seen buying snacks at a cake shop using a £1 bill (Williamson).” Before the children had left their house to go to the beach, their mother had not given them enough money to buy snacks at a cake shop; so that created the first suspicion.