Exclusive Preview: discovery+ True Crime Series ‘Relentless’ Finale, Was Whittaker A CI?

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It takes a relentless investigator to sift through the truth sometimes. Today, the finale for discovery+ series Relentless is available to stream, and TV Shows Ace has a preview of what you can expect.

The docuseries follows filmmaker Christina Fontana’s search for a missing woman in Hannibal, MO.

In the course of her work on Relentless, she uncovers a string of dark secrets not just about the town but about the missing woman’s family.

Fontana starts to question who she can trust and who might be hiding the truth.  In the process, she learns Whittaker might have been a CI, and the local police were not divulging all their cards.

The clip reveals the moment that Fontana starts to understand the nuances of this perplexing case.

About the series, Relentless

The true-crime series is the story of a hunt for a missing woman. So when Whittaker disappeared in the small town of Hannibal, MO, leaving behind her 6-month-old daughter, an immediate search followed.

Eight months later, filmmaker Christina Fontana met Whittaker’s mother, Cindy, when filming a documentary about the families of missing persons.

Cindy’s steadfast mission to find her daughter impressed Fontana. She turned her camera on Whittaker’s family as the story unfolded.

But what happened shocked Fontana as she was lead down a path of conspiracies, betrayal, suicide, and murder as she finds herself now part of this unfolding tale and nightmarish story.

What is a CI?

Criminal informants, also called confidential informants or CIs, are enlisted to assist law enforcement in building cases against suspects in criminal cases.

According to, the act of being a CI might offer leniency”

Generally, this information is given in exchange for leniency in cases pending against the informant—in particular, minor drug cases. This “help” comes in the form of substantial assistance towards making an arrest. This generally means that CI’s don’t just feed police information about criminal activity from the safety of the station. They take an active role in collecting evidence against other suspects through controlled buys or while wearing a wire.

And the time span is based on the law enforcement’s need for building a case. As a result, CIs can work with them “for weeks, months, or even years before fulfilling their deals,” according to the site.

Follow Fontana’s uncompromising and urgent search for the truth in this riveting discovery+ six-part true-crime series.

Relentless is produced by Blumhouse Television (Fall River, A Wilderness of Error) in association with Stick Figure Entertainment (Chasing Tyson, Dancer).

Relentless debuts Monday, July 19 on Discovery+

April Neale

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