GRACEPOINT Episode 5 Clues And Suspects Recap



Episode 6 of Gracepoint airs tonight in the USA, Canada and Australia. Check out a recap of the main clues in the murder of twelve-year old Danny Solano and remind yourself of what the main suspects have been up to so far. Remember - don't rule anyone out!

Be aware that the following article contains spoilers if you have not watched the first 5 parts.

In Episode 5 of Gracepoint, reporter Owen Burke revealed to Detectives Carver and Miller that Jack Reinhold had a previous conviction for statutory rape. Unfortunately, the news didn't stay quiet and before long rumours were circulating about Jack and reached the ears of Danny Solano’s father Mark. Later it also emerged that a similar murder had occurred in Oregon, close to where Jack then lived. Suspicions were heightened when Jack returned Danny’s cellphone to the family.
The remains of the burning boat were recovered from the sea and hairs found on board were proved to be Danny’s. It’s very likely that this was the vessel used to transport his body from the murder scene to the beach.
Suspicion also fell anew on Susan Wright after Gemma Fisher discovered that she may be using an alias. Susan later threatened newspaper editor Kathy Eaton who had questioned her about this.
The episode also revealed new information about the backgrounds of Carver, Beth and Raymond Connelly.

And don’t forget, Broadchurch fans, even if you saw the original series, the plot is going starting to take some new directions, and it’s all going to lead to a different killer!

The Murder

  • Danny Solano’s body was found on the beach at Gracepoint below cliffs.
  • The body was arranged to look like he had fallen. Forensic evidence later revealed that he had been placed there after his death
  • Danny was killed at the Harvey Ridge hut. His body was moved 2 miles to the beach, apparently by boat.
  • The cause of death was a blow to the head. Danny was facing his killer.
  • The time of death was between 10pm on the Thursday night and 4am on Friday morning.
  • Danny’s was last seen at home at 9pm on Thursday night
  • CCTV picked up Danny riding his skateboard down the main street of Gracepoint a few hours later
  • The skateboard has not yet been recovered.
  • Danny’s cellphone was returned to the family by Jack. He says he found it in one of the kayaks.


The Clues

  • Whoever killed Danny moved the body two miles down the coast without being spotted
  • Mark Solano’s fingerprints were found at the murder scene, the only set found after the hut had been thoroughly cleaned following the murder. It was later confirmed that Mark had been there on a plumbing job.
  • Susan Wright has the keys to the hut and cleans it. She initially lied about giving Mark access to the hut to repair a pipe.
  • Mark owns a boat which was later found to have spots of Danny’s blood in it
  • Mark initially lied about his whereabouts on the night of the murder and asked Vince to lie for him. It eventually emerged that he was with Gemma, but he still has some hours left unaccounted for
  • Susan Wright has a skateboard that could be Danny’s stashed in her closet.
  • $500 was found stashed under Danny’s bed. Chloe Solano claims that this has nothing to do with the cocaine found in her own room.
  • Jack Reinhold says that he saw Danny chatting with an unidentified backpacker up on the cliffs a few days earlier
  • Tom Miller deleted messages from Danny and the contents of his laptop’s hard drive when he heard about Danny’s death
  • Phone engineer Raymond Connelly said that the murder involved water and a boat and claims he received the information psychically. He also says that Danny knew his killer.
  • Danny’s journal revealed that he had possibly uncovered a secret and that he was scared his dad would kill him.
  • Emmett Carver previously failed to solve the Rosemont case involving the disappearance of three children.
  • Vince Novik owns shotguns and the floor of the van he drives is stained red
  • A piece of paper with a cellphone number on was recovered from the lining of Danny’s sweatshirt. This was found to belong to Lars Pierson, Jack confirmed he was the man he saw Danny chatting to.
  • Danny was caught on CCTV shoplifting from a convenience store, showing a side to his character that his parents cannot believe
  • Jack Reinhold has a previous conviction for statutory rape
  • A similar murder occurred in Oregon not far from where Jack then lived
  • Jack recovered Danny’s cellphone and said he found it in one of his kayaks
  • Susan Wright appears to be using an alias
  • A boat recovered on fire out at sea was found to have some of Danny’s hairs among the wreckage


The Suspects

You can vote for your top suspects on the FOX TV SuspectEveryone site. Here’s the main suspects that you’ve ranked in order of guilt.

1. Tom Miller
(Jack Irvine)
19% Vote – last week #1
  • Twelve-year old Tom was apparently Danny’s best friend. As soon as he was alone after learning about Danny’s death he deleted Danny’s texts from his phone and cleared his computer’s hard drive. He appears more worried than upset over his friend's death. Tom has been quiet and withdrawn since the murder and had been reluctant to engage with his peers, and he has had nightmares about Danny. However, could Tom have moved Danny’s body to its resting place without help?
  • Tom was questioned by Detective Carver and eventually admitted that Mark Solano hit Danny.
  • Tom went through Ellie’s case notes and found Lars Pierson’s phone number. He has traced the backpacker’s address.
  • Tom visited Vince who asked if Ellie knew he was there before shutting them inside his shed. At the time this looked sinister, but were there other reasons for Tom and Vince to meet in secret?
  • Although he was supposed to be Danny’s best friend, Dean says that he rarely saw them together.
  • Tom and Danny both attended Paul Coates’ Sunday school


2. Paul Coates
(Kevin Rankin)
17% Vote – last week #4
  • Paul Coates is the local priest. He has recently returned to the town to take up a position at the church. His congregation is fairly small still but he is hoping to build it up.
  • Paul missed the kids’ soccer game due to a mysterious ‘something’. Danny had also recently given up the soccer team.
  • Paul, Beth and Mark all knew each other a long time back. Paul and Beth seem to have a special connection: he is the only person she has confided in about her pregnancy, and her mum said to him that he was always good for her. Paul carries a photo of him and Beth in high school. It’s clear that Mark doesn’t trust Paul and his motives and believes he is trying to come between him and Beth.
  • Paul confronted Raymond Connelly and aggressively warned him to stay away from Beth. Connelly says that he knows that Paul and Beth used to be close.
  • Paul saw Danny regularly at the Sunday School which he taught himself.
  • Ellie spotted Paul outside the church late at night. Paul says he suffers from insomnia but could not offer an explanation.
  • Paul does not have an alibi for the night of the murder.


3. Joe Miller
(Josh Hamilton)
15% Vote – last week #2
  • Joe is a former paramedic who gave up work to support Ellie’s career and look after the couple’s two sons.
  • Joe supported Tom in his interview with Carver. He had to be requested not to interfere and to let Tom talk, as if he wanted to steer the conversation in certain directions. Last week he was on the point of talking to Tom in the playground about something that they hadn’t had the opportunity to discuss yet – but then they were interrupted by Ellie. It’s possible that Joe knows what was going on with Tom and Danny that caused Tom to clear his text messages and laptop hard drive. Could he be protecting Tom from the police investigation?
  • Joe suggested that Ellie invite Carver round for dinner. Is he trying to befriend the detective to throw him off the scent or genuinely trying to be welcoming?
  • Joe was the only person able to extract personal information from Emmett Carver. During their conversation he pointedly asked Carver if he would catch the killer.


4. Mark Solano
(Michael Peña)
14% Vote – last week #3
  • It emerged that Mark did actually mend the burst pipe at the Harvey Ridge hut where Danny was killed so there is a legitimate reason for his prints to be there.
  • Mark has a partial alibi for the night of the murder as Gemma told the police that he was with her. However, Mark still has a gap of a couple of hours unaccounted for between leaving Gemma and when he says he got home. Mark has no idea that Beth knows about his affair. Mark says that Danny’s death is punishment for his affair.
  • Mark usually checks on Danny every night before he goes to bed. On Thursday night he failed to do so.
  • Danny kept a journal and in it he revealed that he thought he had uncovered a secret about someone. She also worried that his dad was going to kill him – just a turn of phrase or a sign of something more serious?
  • Mark’s temper exploded when the paparazzi appeared at the house and he attacked them. He also attacked Paul after his TV appearance. He has a previous arrest record for a bar fight. He raged at Chloe over her relationship with Dean.
  • Under interrogation, Tom Miller confessed that Danny had said that his dad had been annoyed when he’d quit the soccer team and that he’d hit him at least once. Both Joe Miller and Vince Novik were hesitant about admitting Mark was a good guy.
  • Mark would not respond to Beth when asked directly if he’d killed Danny.
  • Mark dislikes and distrusts Paul Coates. He thinks the minister is trying to come between him and Beth


5. Vince Novik
(Stephen Louis Grush)
8% Vote – last week #6
  • Vince is the apprentice in Mark’s plumbing firm. He has access to Mark’s van. On the morning of Danny’s murder he was late to pick Mark up.
  • Vince was quite happy to attempt to provide a false alibi for Mark for the night of the murder, although that was quickly dismissed. When questioned by Renee Clemons about what he thought of Mark he hesitated before saying he was a good guy.
  • Vince was later seen to have shotguns hidden in the back of the plumbling van and there were reddish stains on the floor of the van.
  • Vince went out around 10pm to collect his mother’s cough medicine from the pharmacy
  • Vince has an unexplained connection to Susan who says that they are in this thing together and have to figure it out.
  • Tom visited Vince who asked if Ellie knew he was there before shutting them inside his shed. At the time this looked sinister, but were there other reasons for Tom and Vince to meet in secret?
  • Vince makes skateboards in his spare time and the local kids visit him for repairs. Danny also owned a skateboard.
  • Vince blocked his own sink to give Mark work. Mark offered Vince $60, but Vince would rather have a promotion and earn more
  • Mark volunteered to cook a dinner for the Solano family and their friends, providing some venison that he just happened to have in store
  • Vince overheard Owen Burke’s confrontation with Jack Reinhold and is now spreading rumours about the old man.


6. Susan Wright
(Jacki Weaver)
7% Vote – last week #5
  • Susan is a reclusive woman who lives alone in a trailer but who seems to be always sniffing around and knows what’s going on.
  • Susan doesn’t seem very happy about receiving so much police attention and said her neighbours were talking
  • Susan works as a cleaner and one of her contracts is the Harvey Ridge hut, where Danny was killed. The hut was cleaned thoroughly after the murder. Susan has the keys for the property. She lied about giving the keys to Mark to repair a pipe.
  • Susan has a skateboard that looks very like Danny’s stashed in her closet.
  • Susan’s suggestion that the detectives ‘ought to find who you’re looking for’ was delivered like a veiled threat
  • Susan has an as yet unexplained connection to Mark’s apprentice Vince. They are in something together that they need to sort out. He wants nothing to do with her and did not turn up for her dinner, although she put a lot of effort into it.
  • Susan showed no emotion as she snapped a chicken’s neck
  • Susan told Carver that she didn’t recognise Lars.
  • Gemma Fisher discovered that Susan may be using an alias and her real name might be Ruth Erlick. She passed the information on to Gracepoint Journal editor Kathy Eaton who confronted her. Ruth later accessed the Journal’s office late at night to threaten Kathy to back off.


7. Detective Emmett Carver
(David Tennant)
3% Vote – last week #7
  • Carver is a reluctant resident of Gracepoint and has said that he hates everything about the town.
  • Carver has a medical condition, described as a timebomb in his chest, which could kill him at any time. He collapsed on the dock while chasing Dean and has had pills delivered to him. He carries an emergency medication in a syringe. Carver also collapsed following dinner at the Millers and was hospitalised. He begged Gemma Fisher to keep this a secret and told Ellie he had fallen in the shower.
  • Carver has a dislike of water and being near the sea.
  • Carver fumbled his last case in Rosemont where three girls went missing. He wants to wants to solve the Gracepoint case out of penance. Reporter Renee Clemons knows about the case and wants to make sure that he doesn’t mess up this one. She’s keeping close tabs on him, he wants her to back off 
  • Carver carries a photo of a young girl in his wallet and when apparent psychic Raymond Connelly told him “She forgives you about the pendant”, he was visibly affected.
  • Carver agreed to show the Solano family evidence that he knew would upset them. As they rowed he just stood and observed their reactions.
  • Carver was once married and has a teenage daughter called Julianne who still lives with her mother in Rosemont. He has been trying to contact her but she is not returning his messages.


8. Beth Solano
(Virginia Kull)
2% Vote – last week #9
  • Beth is highly suspicious of Mark. She knows about his affair and eventually told him. Beth realises that all of her family, including Danny, were keeping secets from her. She has her own secret – her pregnancy.
  • Beth’s main support is Paul Coates and it is clear that they had a closeness in the past. Beth has only told Paul so far about her pregnancy. Why does she not want Mark to know? Is he actually the father? 
  • Beth admitted spiritual messenger Raymond Connelly to her home and, wisely or unwisely, has listened to what he has to say. Detectives Carver and Miller had to explain to her that he was a thief and conman.
  • Beth demanded Ellie to let the have all the information and evidence that the police had collected. Carver agreed, even though he knew the evidence would be hurtful.
  • Beth says that she recognised Lars Pierson as a customer at the visitor centre. He smelt of propane and asked about her family whom he spotted in a photo on Beth’s desk.
  • Beth gave an interview to Renee Clemons about the murder which appeared in the San Francisco Globe
  • Beth had ambitions when she was young – she was an accomplished runner and planned to go to college. It’s not clear if these plans involved Paul Coates. Everything changed when she fell pregnant with Chloe and now Beth feels trapped in her life.


9. Dean Iverson
(Kendrick Sampson)
2% Vote – last week #10
  • Dean is Chloe Solano’s older boyfriend. He works in his uncle’s restaurant in the town and is studying to go to college at the same time. Chloe and Dean have been in a relationship for 4 months in secret
  • Dean managed to obtain cocaine when Chloe needed some for guests at Gemma’s hotel, although dealing is not something that he does regularly. However, he does have a dealer who he seems to know quite well.
  • When Dean saw Carver and Miller coming for him he made a run for it and tried to escape by boat.
  • Dean originally said that he hardly knew Danny, but Mickey the dealer said that they pulled up together on Dean’s bike and were arguing. Dean later confessed that Danny confided in him and was a lonely kid. He never saw him with Tom Miller. Danny had told him that nobody knew anything about him. 
  • Dean said he saw Danny up on the highway walking out of town and Danny begged him for a ride. When they stopped for gas, Danny stole a puzzle book and pen from the store; this was captured on CCTV. Dean took Danny to Mickey’s house when he obtained the cocaine
  • Dean’s uncle confirmed that he was working on the night of the murder.


10. Jack Reinhold
(Nick Nolte)
2% Vote – last week #8
  • Jack is a single man who he runs the kayak rental shop and a nature observation group for the kids of the town. Danny was a member of this group and was due to attend on the morning of his death. When Danny didn't show, Jack did not contact anyone to find out why, assuming that the boy was sick, even though he had never missed a session before.
  • The day after the initial interview, Jack called Detective Carver back to inform him that he remembered seeing Danny up on Osprey Point a couple of weeks before, talking to a backpacker. Danny seemed more interested in the stranger than he was on his wildlife observations. Jack was later able to confirm to Carver that the backpacker he saw talking to Danny was Lars Pierson.
  • Jack was also seen hanging out near the kids’ playground where Ellie was harassed by locals trying to find out whether other children were at risk.
  • Jack told Renee that he doesn’t talk to the press. Why would he want to avoid them? Has he had dealings with them before, or is he just protecting the Solano family out of respect for Danny?
  • Owen Burke discovered that Jack had a previous conviction for sex with a minor, but has avoided appearing on any register of offenders. Under police questioning Jack maintained that this had nothing to do with Danny’s death and he had never harmed any of the children of Gracepoint.
  • Jack turned up at the Solanos house with Danny’s cellphone which he claimed he found in one of his kayaks. He warned Mark and Beth that they would hear things about him that weren’t true.
  • Jack later burned all of his photos of the Wildlife Group kids
  • A similar murder occurred at Cannon Beach, Oregon several years earlier when Jack was living 5 miles away in Arch Cape.
  • Jack has no alibi for the night of the murder.


11. Owen Burke
(Kevin Zegers)
2% Vote – last week #11
  • Owen is a small town reporter far more used to covering local events like council meetings, so he is swept up in the drama of the murder and makes the news public. The arrival of San Francisco Globe reporter Renee Clemons seems to offer him the chance of breaking away from Gracepoint, something that the drifting and penniless Owen possibly didn’t even realise he wanted until then. Owen and Renee have since slept together
  • Owen told Ellie that his mom was in trouble again and that she had cleaned out his bank account. He is now in debt by over $1000 and the repo men have turned up at his mothers house.
  • Owen dug up the information about Jack Reinhold and confronted him about it. Jack attacked him.
  • Owen felt betrayed by Renee that she got the exclusive with Beth, so wants his own opportunity to make a name for himself


12. Raymond Connelly
(Adam Greydon Reid)
2% Vote – last week #12
  • The phone engineer has approached detectives Carver and Miller and Beth Solano with claims that he receives psychic messages and has had information about the case directly from Danny. While much of what he has to say is pretty vague, some of his assertions are surprisingly accurate.
  • He was working in the police station and would have had opportunities to stumble across information about the case, and the fact that the body was found on the coast is common knowledge. However, his message to Carver hit home with the detective. Did he know Carver from a past case?
  • There’s also his message to Beth that the killer is someone close to her. Is he playing on her paranoia that Mark might be guilty? Is he trying to divert attention away from someone who Beth doesn’t know? Or does he have a genuine gift?
  • Paul is concerned about Raymond talking to Beth and has warned him to stay away
  • Raymond told Paul that he knows how close he and Beth once were
  • Raymond was angry that Carver did not take his message about the boat seriously and harassed him after the town meeting. Carver reminded him that nearly everyone in town owns a boat
  • Carver and Miller revealed that Connelly is a bankrupt with former convictions for theft and fraud. He was removed from the Solanos home and Carver warned him that he would arrest him if he returned. Connelly’s reaction to this was to throw a tantrum in his car.
  • Connelly does not have an alibi for the night of the murder


13. Chloe Solano
(Madalyn Horcher)
1% Vote – last week #14
  • Chloe has been seeing Dean for Four months. She tried to keep the relationship a secret from her family
  • Mark spotted Chloe and Dean together and now their relationship is out in the open. When he confronted her, she said it was the same as Beth and Mark, but at least she and Dean used contraception
  • Chloe said that she had guessed that Gemma and Mark were sleeping together
  • Chloe’s boyfriend Dean supplied cocaine on her request for Gemma. Chloe insists she knew nothing about the $500 and that Danny had nothing to do with the drugs deal. It later emerged that Danny had travelled to the dealer’s with Dean.
  • Chloe was the family member through whom Renee made contact with the Solanos. She was upset that Danny’s case had not been reported in the papers enough.


14. Detective Ellie Miller
(Anna Gunn)
1% Vote – last week #15
  • Local detective Ellie is still finding it hardest of all to accept that any member of the Gracepoint community might be guilty of the murder of Danny. She is horrified that the list of suspects that the Solanos give her which includes their friends and neighbours. Ellie is struggling with Carver’s insistence that she should become less emotional about this case and start to look at everyone as a suspect. She is still fighting him over this but it seems like new developments may force her to accept that it could be someone close to her.
  • The revelations about Mark’s affair have started to sow doubt in Ellie’s mind about her certainty of the good in all of her friends and neighbours. Even she cannot say with conviction that Mark Solano is innocent.
  • Ellie is also, of course, the mother of Tom, Danny’s best friend, who seems to be acting suspiciously since the murder. Was Ellie aware of a situation between Danny and Tom?
  • Ellie reluctantly invited Carver to dinner on Joe’s request
  • Ellie had the idea to release Lars Pierson’s photo to the park service. Carver actually agreed with her


15. Gemma Fisher
(Sarah-Jane Potts)
1% Vote – last week #16
  • Gemma was revealed to be the person who asked Chloe to find some cocaine to supply some hotel guests. She claims not to know who the dealer is.
  • Gemma stepped in to secure Mark Solano’s release from custody by telling the police that he was with her that night. She claims he left her a few hours before Mark says he arrived home.
  • Gemma confided to Carver that she takes anti-depressants
  • Gemma wants Carver to believe that in spite of the cocaine and the affair she is really a good person who just makes a few mistakes
  • Gemma discovered that Susan Wright is using a false name when her employment records came up as Ruth Erlick. For some reason she chose to pass this information to Kathy Eaton rather than the police
  • Gemma accompanied Carver to hospital after his collapse by saying that she is his wife. She has promised to stay quiet about the incident on condition that he gets treatment - she knows what is wrong with him


16. Renee Clemons
(Jessica Lucas)
1% Vote – last week #17
  • Renee showed up in Gracepoint as soon as she heard that Emmett Carver was leading the investigation. She followed his last case and essentially seems to be stalking him and his career. She is determined not to let him forget Rosemont and to get justice for the missing girls and their families?
  • Renee is a relentless and devious reporter who uses all the guiles she has to get in with significant people – Owen and Chloe are her key targets at the moment. However, she has already been sent packing by Jack and Vince, not to mention Carver. Renee is exploiting Owen’s desire to better himself and earn some real money. Overall Renee’s desire seems to be as much about exposing Carver as reporting the case. How far would she go to discredit the detective?
  • Renee also saw Owen confiding in Ellie and spotted another link to exploit. She pretended to be about to leave town in order to win Owen’s sympathy and get closer to him. Renee and Owen slept together that night.
  • Renee dropped Owen to go off and get her exclusive with Beth Solano. Ther actions have provoked Owen into going ahead with his article on Jack Reinhold


17. Hugo Garcia
(Darcy Laurie)
1% Vote – last week #18
  • Hugo and his team have uncovered key points of evidence. They found the drugs and money in the Solano house, recognised that Danny had not fallen from the cliff top to his death and identified the murder scene, also finding Mark Solano’s prints. As CSI on the murder case, Hugo would be perfectly placed to tamper with, create or lose evidence. But what would be his motive?
  • Late in the day, Hugo produced a new piece of evidence, a phone number on a strip of paper found inside the lining of Danny’s sweatshirt.
  • Hugo’s work on the burned boat revealed that the boat had an engine but this was removed before the fire was deliberately started. Strands of Danny’s hair were found among the wreckage


18. Kathy Eaton
(Alisen Down)
2% Vote – last week #13
  • Kathy is the editor of the local paper in a town where very little happens. Kathy seems to have been a well known reporter once, working on a major paper, but has stepped back to run the local journal in a sleepy little town. A big murder story could certainly raise her profile again, but at the same time she seems keen to keep the major press away. 
  • Kathy wants to do right by the town and the Solano family – she set up the condolence book and she just wants to make sure that the story is all covered properly.
  • Kathy has no time for Renee Clemons and will not allow her a workspace in the Journal offices
  • Kathy confronted Susan about her apparent name change. Susan threatened her with rape to make her back off. She has not yet shared any of this information or the encounter with Susan with the police.


19. Lars Pierson
(Brendan Fletcher)
1% Vote – last week #19
  • Lars’ cellphone number was found inside Danny’s sweatshirt
  • Lars was identified by Jack as the backpacker seen talking to Danny on the cliff top
  • Lars is an Afghanistan vet given a discharge for reasons unknown – it is known that Lars has been prescribed Risperidone
  • Lars has not been seen by his neighbours for weeks.
  • A search of Lars’ house is being blocked by the local judge
  • Beth recognised Lars as a customer at the visitor centre. He asked about campsites and hunting permits and smelled of propane. When he spotted a photo of Danny and Chloe on her desk he remarked upon her beautiful family.
  • Lars’ photo is being distributed among the park service as it is felt a more general alert would drive him underground.


You can vote for your number one suspect on the Fox TV Suspect Everyone page. Cast your vote and check the results in the online poll – and you can vote as many times as you like, so you can change your mind when new evidence arises. The site will soon allow you to examine evidence and vote for important clues. Don't rule anyone out!


Episode 6 of Gracepoint premieres tonight on Fox in the USA and Global in Canada at 9pm ET. Viewers in Australia can watch on the Universal Channel at 8.30pm, Friday 17th October.



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