Day of the Dead is a case featured in Criminal Case as the one-hundred sixty-fourth case of the game. It is the forty-ninth case of the game's World Edition (Season 3) and the first to take place in North America.
Previously, the Bureau had arrested Arsenio Castillo, SOMBRA's former leader, for murdering Michelle. After learning from Ramon Cortez, Ingrid's ex-husband, that a wall was being built between the United States and the country, the team went to Mexico. Chief Ripley sent Jack and the player to the construction site where the wall was being built. When they arrived, they found the project coordinator Cindy Hamilton tied to a hook and beaten to death.
During the investigation, Elliot found an underground depot below the wall. Furthermore, an angry mob threatened to destroy the wall. The team gathered enough evidence to incriminate protest leader Madena Cuervo as Cindy's killer.
Madena tried denying involvement but admitted to the crime. Madena would be unable to see her daughter Rose again if the wall was finished and the Mexicans locked in their country. She had talked to Cindy to convince her to stop but she had laughed at her. Madena had been pushed to her limit when Cindy had called her daughter "half-breed", which led her to tie Cindy to a hook and relentlessly beat her to death with a piñata bat. Judge Adaku sentenced her to 30 years in jail.
Post-trial, Jack and the player went to the construction site to investigate the wall's possible ties with SOMBRA. They found a newspaper article, which (per Elliot) showed that the United States had ordered the wall's construction without a clear motive, prompting Mexico to sue the country at the Unified Nations. The team talked to Niilo Virtanen, a Unified Nations envoy in Mexico whom Elliot identified in the article.
Niilo said that the United States was starting to adopt an isolationism policy and was getting its commercial relationships with other countries cut. Niilo then directed the team to the underground depot to look for his archives. Per Elliot, the archives proved that the United States was divided in two, some people vowing to leave the Unified Nations (USNay movement) and some vowing to stay in them (USStay movement), with the latter being led by politician Sandy Turner.
Meanwhile, Marina and the player helped Ingrid and Ramon face their broken past. Later, fearing that SOMBRA would use the United States' political instability to their advantage, the Bureau headed to San Francisco, where the USStay movement was organizing a rally.
- Cindy Hamilton (found beaten to death)
- Piñata Bat
- Madena Cuervo
- The killer drinks tequila.
- The killer rides a motorcycle.
- The killer knows Aztec legends.
- The killer wears an opal.
- The killer has a concrete smudge.
- Investigate Construction Site. (Clues: Locked Tablet, Broken Colored Wood, Victim's Body; Victim identified: Cindy Hamilton)
- Examine Locked Tablet. (Result: Blog's Photo)
- Examine Unknown Blogger. (New Suspect: Marvin Hamilton)
- Inform Marvin Hamilton of his sister's death. (Prerequisite: Unknown Blogger identified)
- Examine Broken Colored Wood. (Result: Skull Mask; New Suspect: Lupita Mendez)
- Ask Lupita Mendez about her invitation to the victim. (Prerequisite: Broken Colored Wood restored; New Crime Scene Unlocked: Parade)
- Investigate Parade. (Prerequisite: Lupita interrogated; Clues: Wallet, Handkerchief)
- Examine Wallet. (Result: ID Badge; New Suspect: Ramon Cortez)
- Ask Ramon Cortez about the trouble in Mexico. (Prerequisite: ID Badge found)
- Examine Handkerchief. (Result: Brown Liquid)
- Analyze Brown Liquid. (03:00:00; Attribute: The killer rides a motorcycle)
- Autopsy Victim's Body. (18:00:00; Attribute: The killer drinks tequila)
- Go to Chapter 2. (No stars)
- Investigate Storage Facility. (Available after unlocking Chapter 2; Clues: Torn Poster, Locked Camera, Bloody Club)
- Examine Torn Poster. (Result: Faded Poster)
- Examine Faded Poster. (Result: Propaganda Poster; New Suspect: Madena Cuervo)
- Talk to Madena Cuervo about her protest against the victim. (Prerequisite: Faded Poster unraveled; Profile updated: Madena drinks tequila)
- Examine Locked Camera. (Result: Security Camera)
- Talk to Ramon about his affair with the victim. (Prerequisite: Camera unlocked; Profile updated: Ramon rides a motorcycle)
- Analyze Bloody Club. (12:00:00; Murder Weapon registered: Piñata Bat; Attribute: The killer knows Aztec legends; New Crime Scene Unlocked: Altar)
- Investigate Altar. (Prerequisite: Bloody Club analyzed; Clues: Offerings Plate, Hammer)
- Examine Offerings Plate. (Result: Photograph)
- Ask Lupita why she was angry at the victim. (Prerequisite: Photograph found; Profile updated: Lupita drinks tequila and rides a motorcycle)
- Examine Hammer. (Result: Blood)
- Analyze Blood. (12:00:00; New Suspect: Chico Alegria)
- Ask Chico Alegria about the victim. (Prerequisite: Blood analyzed; Profile updated: Chico drinks tequila)
- Go to Chapter 3. (1 star)
- Investigate Work Station. (Available after unlocking Chapter 3; Clues: Torn Photo, Aztec Statue, Locked Briefcase)
- Examine Torn Photo. (Result: Family Photo; Profile updated: Madena rides a motorcycle)
- Talk to Madena about her photograph. (Prerequisite: Torn Photo restored; Profile updated: Madena knows Aztec legends)
- Examine Aztec Statue. (Result: Clear Liquid)
- Examine Clear Liquid. (Result: Marvin Hamilton's Sweat)
- Ask Marvin about the stolen statue. (Prerequisite: Clear Liquid identified under microscope; Profile updated: Marvin drinks tequila, rides a motorcycle and knows Aztec legends)
- Examine Locked Briefcase. (Result: Document)
- Analyze Document. (09:00:00)
- Question Chico about threatening the victim. (Prerequisite: Document analyzed; Profile updated: Chico knows Aztec legends and rides a motorcycle)
- Investigate Inflatable Boat. (All tasks before must be done first; Clues: Piñata Bag, Toolbox)
- Examine Piñata Bag. (Result: White Powder)
- Analyze White Powder. (15:00:00; Attribute: The killer has a concrete smudge)
- Examine Toolbox. (Result: Dirty Cloth)
- Analyze Dirty Cloth. (09:00:00; Attribute: The killer wears an opal)
- Take care of the killer now!
- Go to Edge of Darkness (1/8). (No stars)
Edge of Darkness (1/8)
- Encourage Ingrid to confront her past. (Available after unlocking Edge of Darkness; Reward: 20,000 Coins)
- Investigate Altar. (Prerequisite: Ingrid interrogated; Clue: Pacifier)
- Examine Pacifier. (Result: Saliva)
- Analyze Saliva. (06:00:00)
- Ask Ingrid about her son. (Prerequisite: Saliva analyzed)
- Talk to Ramon about his son. (Prerequisite: Ingrid interrogated; Reward: Calavera Makeup)
- Investigate Construction Site. (Available after unlocking Edge of Darkness; Clue: Dumpster)
- Examine Dumpster. (Result: Political Article)
- Analyze Political Article. (09:00:00)
- Ask Niilo Virtanen about the Unified Nations. (Prerequisite: Political Article analyzed; Reward: Burger)
- Investigate Storage Facility. (Prerequisite: Niilo interrogated; Clue: Locked Hard Drive)
- Examine Locked Hard Drive. (Result: Hard Drive)
- Analyze Hard Drive. (09:00:00)
- Move on to a new crime! (1 star)
- In the "Altar" crime scene, you can spot a portrait of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo.
- The Unified Nations is a parody of the United Nations, while the fiasco of the United States leaving the UN is likely a parody of Brexit, or the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union.
- The case title is named after a Mexican holiday of the same name.