I may have found the source of the bug, though I’m not entirely certain. It has something to do with the temporary files that the game uses to track where you’ve been and what you’ve picked up. I have to get some sleep now, but I might be able to figure this out tomorrow morning.
If you think you’re getting frustrated, try being me… I’m incredibly desperate to get this game off my shoulders. I need it to be done. I may make jokes about it, but this situation is really driving me nuts.