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Oh my God! I... I can't believe that... It's not... [Sighs deeply]. I suppose it may be true. She seemed to hate every mutant and ghoul she came into contact with.Dan

Find the missing people for Marcus is a side quest in Fallout 2.

Quick walkthrough

Side Quest: Find the missing people for Marcus
Speak to Marcus.
Speak to Dan. (optional)
Go to Broken Hills underground.
Find the bodies of the murdered people.
Reward: 500 XP
Get a note from a woman's body.
Report to Dan. (optional)
Reward: 500 XP, $500 or +5 Karma
Return to Marcus.
Reward: $500 or scoped hunting rifle
Speak to Zaius. (optional)
Confront Francis. (optional)
Reward: 1000 XP

Detailed walkthrough

To start this quest, talk to Marcus, the mutant town sheriff of Broken Hills. Ask him about things in town and offer help in finding the missing people. One can refuse to take $ as a reward.

Optional: Next, locate a man named Dan in a house in the northeast corner of the Broken Hills residential area. He will report that his wife is missing and one can assure him that they will be able to find her.

Once arriving on this side of town, find one of the manholes (there's one in an outhouse) and climb down into the tunnels.

Once underground, one will have to face a few giant ants. Eventually, one will come across multiple dead bodies in the northeast section of this tunnel system. Find the body of a woman (more precisely, Dan's wife). There will be a note on her body.

The note implies that the mutant Francis is the killer of these missing people. The note also implicates Zaius.

Optional: Go back to Dan, and tell him his missing wife has been found dead in the tunnels below. He can be convinced to leave town, as he might as well be the next target of the killer.

Optional: While in this part of town, have a chat with Zaius in the mine foreman's hut. He will prompt one to talk to Francis.

Optional: Confront Francis with the note found below. One can either kill him (turning Broken Hills hostile in the process) or persuade him to leave the town, to atone for his sins.

After solving this mystery, go to Marcus to claim the reward. If one refused to take money earlier, he will give them a scoped hunting rifle.


  • 500 XP
  • $500 or scoped hunting rifle
  • Dan's reward:
    • $500 (if asked for)
    • −10 karma and −10 reputation (if refusing to find Dan's wife)
    • 500 XP (if one informed Dan of his wife's murder) and
      • +5 Karma (by consoling him)
      • −5 karma and −5 reputation (by mocking him)
      • and −5 karma (by laughing at him)
  • 1000 XP and +5 reputation (by confronting Francis)


  • If one finished the quest without telling Dan that his wife is dead, the option to leave town will not show up.
  • If one has the quest Blow up the mine's air purifier and talk to Marcus about this quest, the next time they talk to him, his dialogue will be of the conclusion of blowing up the mine's air purifier (he comments about disarming the bombs) and there will be no more the dialogue option to turn the gang into him. No XP will be awarded. Preferentially, one may turn the gang into Marcus first and then conclude this quest.
  • If one does not let Francis leave Broken Hills at the conclusion of the quest, he and all of Broken Hills will be hostile towards the player character.