COB’s bodyguards surrounded COB when he entered the restroom. Yet they had no idea how COB had managed to disappear in the dark bathroom.
Bodyguard Vance told the PI’s that he clearly heard the restroom stall door slam shut and wondered if COB had run into the stall for protection. That was a standard part of COB’s safety drills: When in danger get into a protected closed space asap and let your bodyguards come to you; don’t wait for them if there is imminent danger.
Vance told the PI’s that he was fending off several attackers and this delayed him getting to the stall. He opened the door and, seeing no one in there, he turned back into the fight to look for COB. Upon further questioning, Vance offered the curious datum that the stall had a “fresh air” smell that was out of place in the otherwise malodorous restroom.