Penny was the assistant to Mayor Martha Price. She had curly brown hair and brown eyes. At the time of her death, she wore a white shirt under a purple blazer, a grey skirt and grey high heels.
Penny was found in the Happy Paws dog shelter foyer with her face bruised and strangulation marks on her neck. Martine confirmed that the cause of death was ligature strangulation before she noted that prior to the strangulation, the victim was punched in the face so she would lose consciousness. As Martine found on the victim's wrist, she found out it was a soy protein concentrate used in vegan meat substitutes. She also confirmed that the victim was still digesting her steak dinner, which meant the killer left the soy protein there. It confirmed that the killer was a vegan.
Later, Gloria and the player discovered a bloody dog leash inside a trash can in the murder scene, which they sent to Rupert who confirmed it as the weapon used to strangle Penny. He also looked closely at the ends of the leash and found traces of a sterile non-iodized saline solution made for cleaning gold jewelry. It meant the killer wore gold jewelry.
Relationship with suspects
Penny infuriated her boss, Mayor Martha Price, by neglecting her mayoral assistant duties and browsing dog videos instead. Penny also accused dog shelter owner Carlos Cachorro of not giving the dogs in his shelter their proper vaccinations when Carlos claimed to just have forgotten to give the vaccinations to the dogs. Faded Ivywood star Celine Dernier also believed the victim was condescending when the former reported the numerous puppy disappearances across Maple Heights. Penny also criticized dog walker Kitty Young's dog care methods, claiming that she would've done better than Kitty, despite the latter having years of experience. Penny also broke up with her boyfriend, Benjamin Fetcher, after he tried to convince her to return her dog back and have a live rat as a pet instead.
Killer and motives
The killer turned out to be Kitty.
After slipping up, Kitty admitted that she occasionally kidnapped dogs and waited for their owners to offer a reward before returning them in order to make more money. When Penny found out and confronted her about her modus operandi, they had a fight, ultimately ending with Kitty knocking Penny out and strangling her with a dog leash. Judge Powell sentenced her to 15 years in prison.
- Bone of Contention (Case #26 of The Conspiracy)
- Blood in the Water (Case #30 of The Conspiracy; mentioned)