I can't speak for your chief, but if you're dealing with a man of decent integrity. "I can't say with total certainty, we should check back on this one due to possible stragglers" should be a decent answer. (I bet the alarm scent has been quelled by the foam).
as to the stragglers, why not something like a trapout - a box with some brood to draw them in. (a new domesticated queen might calm them.) (yes, Iddee, I have been studying).
honesty seems to work for me, if it accomplishes nothing aside from stunning people with the fact that you have the guts to admit that you know or don't know something.
edit: for the public? make up something ridiculous and see if it goes on the air "andelusian imposter wasps"