The captian of the police force, Andy G., wasn't all that concerned about Elsie's escape, or Wilma sitting on her driveway talking to ants, so he went to Floyd, the town's barber to get a haircut. He put his Deputy, D. Knotts in charge and told him, 'Now just gather up the evidence and don't say anything that might rile up the townsfolk.' Well, that should have ended this affair, but Deputy Knotts started talking to the Homeland Security agents and they told him about the thousands of dandelions now growing around the house trailers stuck in the mud and that is was the government's position that these dandelions, not the mud, was the reason for these house trailers being stuck in the mud. The agents also said that the private contractor X-On Co. had hired a driver named Mr. Valdez, who had been drinking dandelion wine before parking these house trailers. Deputy Knotts realized this was big, real big and this called for drastic measures.
Deputy knotts started giving orders right and left. A rumor circulated that a 'white haired' lady had snuck back into the hotel to get her suitcases. This rumor got legs when it was discovered one of the suitcases was missing. Officer Herman had been guarding the door to the room of this crime scene and was not aware that his partner Officer Tootsy had removed one of the suitcases and had put it in their car 54 squad car. Upon questioning, Officer Herman said he had not seen anyone enter or leave the room except for a couple of ants. Officer Tootsy, suspiciously eyeing the ants, forgot he had taken the suitcase to the squad car and confirmed Herman's story. Deputy Knotts was alarmed and had heard enough, so he ordered that none of the hotel guests could leave the hotel and all exits were blocked. He next ordered a SWAT team to set up positions around the hotel and ordered all of the hotel guests to leave with their hands up. He then ordered that all 'white haired' women be detained and strip searched for any possible dandelion seeds, flowers, or other possible dandelion products. One women had a dandelion print on a head scarf. She was questioned, had her head scarf confiscated, then had to pay a small fine before being released.
Just about this time, a huge storm came in and started pelting the area with hail and heavy rains. This storm had been expected and there was going to be a wet t-shirt contest, but Deputy Knotts proclaimed a state of emergency and ordered all people off the streets. It was then he remembered Wilma and sent Officers Herman and Tootsy to pick her up for questioning. By this time the effects of the dandelion wine had worn off and Wilma was beside herself with concern for her precious ants. The weather report had warned of possible basement flooding and that the rain would continue until it stopped raining in Texas. Wilma summoned Anthony the Ant and told him of the dire consequences of the rain destroying their houses built on sand. She told Anthony, 'I need to take you to a place of safety that has lots of sand.' Anthony quickly gathered all the ants together and they snuggled close together in two large suitcases Wilma provided. She loaded the suitcases in her car, went to the airport and they flew to sunny and sandy Yuma Arizona where events would unfold that would make most Americans proud, if they knew. However, it was deemed by the media that reports about Paris Hilton was much more important for national security.
As a sidenote: When Herman and Tootsy arrived at Wilma's house, they noticed, somehow, that she wasn't home, so they entered her house looking for evidence. Elsie was furious she had lost her suitcases of dandelion seeds and had secretly reentered the town. Nobody recognized her because she had taken copious amounts of vitamin H, which temporarily turned her hair a black color. She had seen Tootsy put one of her suitcases in the trunk of the squad car and riding on the back of Billy's motorcycle had followed the squad car to Wilma's house. While Herman and Tootsy were in the house, she opened the trunk, got her suitcase and her and Billy sped away. To this day, no one in this town knows what happened to the one missing suitcase, but there were great suspicions of possible foul play when the whole town suffered from a huge increase of dandelion growth the next month. Elsie had found time. before her exit, to leave her calling card.