Me: Do you have some information that you'd like to share? Something that you could give me off the record and could be corroborated elsewhere?
Reader: there are lots of suspicions of why she really left
Me: Yes, I know of those. So far, I haven't received any concrete evidence, and that's why I asked. I was hoping you'd have reliable information.
Reader: NO RESPONSE
Trust me, I'd love nothing more than writing THE definite story, THE irrefutable truth of why Supt. Marilyn Shepherd is leaving the district. I'd love to find the smoking gun, the fingerprint in the dagger, insert your metaphor here. And I've looked, I've poked around, I've asked usual suspect and unsuspecting bystanders and so far nada.
What that means to me is either a) there's nothing to report, or b) those who really have something to say, and proof of it, are not saying it.
Either way, I can't do stories based on speculation.
So if you have something to tell me that's worth reporting, please let me know. I'd love to report it, if for nothing else so we can finally put this issue to rest.