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How to solve the GTA 5 Murder Mystery

GTA 5 Murder Mystery solution

Finding the GTA 5 Murder Mystery solution will take time, so to speed things up or provide some hints for you, we've got all the clue locations listed here to save you wasting time. Following a series of cryptic clues hidden around Los Santos will help you uncover the sinister secrets hiding in the underbelly of the city. Uncover enough and you'll eventually solve this mystery in GTA 5 and unlock some Vintage Noir filters. Here's what you need to do to get started on cracking the case and the steps you need to reach the GTA 5 Murder Mystery solution.

How to start the GTA 5 Murder Mystery investigation

To get started on this GTA 5 detective work, you'll need to start by discovering four messages carved into the walls around Los Santos as Michael. Once you have those you'll be able to track down additional clues to discover what really happened. Follow us and we'll lead you through the locations you need to visit for the GTA 5 Murder Mystery. 

West Vinewood: The Gentry Manor Hotel

To the east of the main Gentry Manor Hotel building, look for an inscription next an archway that reads "OLD FRED ACTS NICE, BUT IT AIN'T SO!"

Downtown Vinewood: Oriental Theatre

To the west side of the Oriental Theatre entrance behind some palm trees, you'll find the message "AIN'T NO MYSTERY, THEY DROWNED HER BECAUSE OF WHAT SHE KNEW!"

Alta: City Hall

In an alcove around the back of City Hall, the writing on the wall says "FRED MAKES CARTOONS FOR KIDS, FUNNY THING CONSIDERING WHAT HE HID."

Vinewood Hills: Galileo Observatory

On the lower level at the south side of the Galileo Observatory, you'll find this message that simply reads "DAVID RICHARDS KNOWS."

Underwater Body

With the four clues gathered the next step is to locate the missing body, which can be found off the coast to the west near Fort Zancudo. It's best to take a submarine to this location (the Sonar Collections Dock for the GTA 5 Nuclear Waste locations is nearby) then exit it and use your scuba gear to swim up to the body.

Solomon's Office

The final piece of the puzzle can be found on the desk of Solomon Richards. To access it, you need to have completed the Meltdown mission then head to the marker outside his office at Richards Majestic after 21:00. You can then read the letter on his desk, revealing a dark secret hidden in a mine up in the hills.

Mine Body

Out in Great Chaparral you'll find an abandoned mine, where you can use explosives to blow the doors off and gain access. Follow the rail tracks into the mine and you'll eventually discover a body in a pinstripe suit, which should unlock the option for new Vintage filters.

Vintage Noir Filters

With the Murder Mystery solved, you can now modify your display with two new Vintage Noir filters. These can be accessed by visiting the body in the mine, or by calling the new Isaac contact on your phone to cycle through them.

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Iain Wilson
Iain Wilson

Iain originally joined Future in 2012 to write guides for CVG, PSM3, and Xbox World, before moving on to join GamesRadar in 2013 as Guides Editor. His words have also appeared in OPM, OXM, PC Gamer, GamesMaster, and SFX. He is better known to many as ‘Mr Trophy’, due to his slightly unhealthy obsession with amassing intangible PlayStation silverware, and he now has over 450 Platinum pots weighing down the shelves of his virtual award cabinet. He does not care for Xbox Achievements.