It may in fact be true...
Basically, that's the story. At least that is the story as we know it. It may be true nd I will give you (in my dopey opinion, anyway) why I think it may be true: St this time, Cheryl and Tim were just young kids. A missing college co-ed is no joke. They are now caught up in a major case and this is the 'Big Leagues' that they find themselves in. All of a sudden, Final Exams don't seem that important.
Next - now they are sitting down with FBI Agents who are 2X - 3X their age and that has to be very intimidation. My own sense of reality tells me that these kids are not going to lie to Professional Law Enforcement Investigators.
That makes sense, right. But with that said, there is another side to this story that makes me wonder.
The '26th' character is the actual character. The audio clip mistakenly says '25th'. I made a mistake but just double-checked. The audio says '25th', but it should be the '26th' character, The board above is correct.