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Oregon High School student creates murder mystery outdoor experience, leads to scenic areas in Oregon

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OREGON (WREX) — Looking for something different to do this weekend? A new business in Oregon might be the spot for you. It'll give you the opportunity to take in all the scenic areas of Oregon while feeling like a detective.

If exploring the outdoors while solving a murder case peaks your interest, you're not alone.

"I loved the outdoors as a kid and nowadays I love true crime," said Oregon High School junior Maya Key. "I wanted to combine the two and it's never been done before."

That original idea turned into an original business for Key. It's part of OHS's Social Entrepreneurship Program designed for students to start a profitable business that in turn creates a positive impact in the community.

"Every business that gets created by a student has to have an economic, environmental or social benefit," said OHS Social Entrepreneurship Program Director Aaron Sitze. "Ultimately, they are solving problems but they are solving problems using the market."

Key's business is called "On the Case," a true-crime outdoor experience. After ordering and paying online, Maya will send you the location and clue to the first case file.

"The first one, Stronghold, it's a beautiful castle. You can walk for miles and just get lost in the beauty of nature," said Key. "Once you find it there is a laminated QR code. You just take your phone camera out and you place it up to it, and it will say you can open the link. You press that link and it brings you straight to the document."

After reading the file, it'll give you the next location to the next file which leads you to investigate downtown Oregon. Once you complete all six case files, you can make your guess on who you think the killer is.

"I couldn't be more proud! We've got 16 businesses who all have operated completely within COVID safety guidelines," said Sitze.

"It's just been nice seeing people enjoy it, sending me pictures, seeing them get outside with a little grin on their face," said Key.

Searching for clues and solving true-crime in the Stateline.

Stronghold Camp and Retreat Center has talked to Maya about possibly partnering for "On the Case" which would make signing up for the game easier and on site at Stronghold.

"She's come up with a really unique plan and she wanted beautiful places and get people outside and that fits right into our philosophy," said Stronghold Camp and Retreat Center Executive Director Dr. Danny Pierce.

Maya says she is also considering creating a second season to her business.

A single player for "On the Case" is $10 and a group of players is $5 each. Click here to learn more about "On the Case" or to sign up to play.

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Cassandra Bretl

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