What’s going on in MP news

I took a short break from Charley, and the internet in general. I didn’t even go on my computer for like two days. And then this morning I logged on to find like 87 emails. Most of them, fortunately, didn’t merit immediate attention.

The missing-for-a-decade-but-not-reported-till-now Bryant children have an NCMEC poster now. I suppose I will add them to Charley then. They will be part of a relatively exclusive group — very few children on Charley were missing for years without anyone telling the police. Austin and Edward Bryant make two more.

There’s an article on Fred Charles Moseley, who disappeared from Canyon, Texas in 1998, at the age of seventeen. He might have been a runaway, but the circumstances of his disappearance are kind of weird, and in any case it’s highly unusual for a runaway to go without contact for this long. He would be 30 years old today.

There’s also an article on John Leonard Adams, whose case I resolved a few weeks ago. (You can find him on Resolved Cases 71.) I wrote about John before. He had schizophrenia and, like many of those so afflicted, drifted away from his family. He was identified earlier this month as a John Doe in Pennsylvania. I hadn’t heard before how he died, though. The article says his death was apparently an accident; he was hit by a train. At least it was quick, is all I can say, and at least he wasn’t murdered.

The Las Cruces Sun-News has done an article on Victor Trejo, who was 14 when he disappeared from there in 1986. He belonged to a gang and the authorities believe he probably met with foul play, but it’s possible he just ran away and is alive somewhere.

There’s an anniversary article about Taj Narbonne, who disappeared 30 years ago today. I always took somewhat more of an interest in Taj than other cases because he comes from Leominster, Massachusetts, home of the great author-god Robert Cormier. Anyway, the article has lots of new information. The police are looking really hard on his stepdad, who was abusive to Taj and definitely a violent individual, but the investigation is stymied for lack of evidence.

(Thanks to Jamie for sending me those articles.)

9 thoughts on “What’s going on in MP news

  1. Tracey Reitterer March 31, 2011 / 11:27 am

    Would you care to take a crack at this??
    One of the commenter’s online suggested getting an autistic persons opinion (like Rainman) because their cognitive abilities are different than the average person. I wonder if they could figure out what the police & FBI cannot.

    Tracey in MD


    FBI: Public Help Needed to Crack Encrypted Notes From 1999 Murder Mystery
    By Joshua Rhett Miller

    Published March 30, 2011

    | FoxNews.com

    On June 30, 1999, officers in St. Louis found the body of 41-year-old Ricky McCormick, who had been murdered and dumped in a field. The lone clues regarding the homicide were two encrypted notes — including one seen above — found in McCormick’s pants. (FBI)

    Calling all code crackers: The FBI needs your help.

    On June 30, 1999, officers in St. Louis found the body of 41-year-old Ricky McCormick, who had been murdered and dumped in a field. The lone clues regarding the homicide were two encrypted notes found in McCormick’s pants.

    Now, investigators from the FBI’s Cryptanalysis and Racketeering Records Unit (CRRU) and the American Cryptogram Association are seeking the public’s help in breaking the encrypted code found in the notes on the body of the murdered Missouri man.

    “We are really good at what we do,” CRRU chief Dan Olson said in a statement. “But we could use some help with this one.”

    The notes contain more than 30 lines of coded material, using a variety of letters, numbers, dashes and parentheses. McCormick — a “street smart” high school dropout who was able to read and write — had used such encrypted notes since he was a boy, but none of his friends or relatives can decipher the code, according to the FBI. Investigators believe the notes were written up to three days prior to his death.

    “Breaking the code could reveal the victim’s whereabouts before his death and could lead to the solution of a homicide,” Olson’s statement continued. “Not every cipher we get arrives at our door under those circumstances.”

    Several CRRU examiners who are experts at breaking codes have been stumped over the years while applying a variety of analytical techniques to the notes in search of an answer or clues in McCormick’s murder.

    “Standard routes of cryptanalysis seem to have hit brick walls,” Olson’s statement continued. “Maybe someone with a fresh set of eyes might come up with a brilliant new idea.”

    To advance the cold case, investigators are searching for another sample of McCormick’s coded system — or a similar one — that might offer context to the notes or allow for comparisons to be made, Olson said.

    The FBI is not offering a reward for assistance in the case, “just a challenge — and the satisfaction of knowing that your brain power might help bring a killer to justice,” according to a March 29 news release on the notes.

    To get you started, here’s a basic tip: Breaking any code involves four basic steps, including determining the language used; determining the system used; reconstructing the key; and reconstructing the plain text.

    Anyone with information on the codes or the McCormick homicide is asked to write CCRU at the following address: FBI Laboratory, Cryptanalysis and Racketeering Records Unit, 2501 Investigation Parkway, Quantico, VA 22135, Attn: Ricky McCormick Case.

    “Even if we found out that he was writing a grocery list or a love letter, we would still want to see how the code is solved,” Olson said. “This is a cipher system we know nothing about.”

    Think you can break the code? Click on the link here to read the note, then send us an email at FoxNewstips@foxnews.com

    Larger version of 2 notes:

    Click to access CodeNotes.pdf

    • Meaghan March 31, 2011 / 2:30 pm

      No idea. I’m hopeless at that sort of thing.

  2. Celeste March 31, 2011 / 2:51 pm

    Does anyone in John Adams’ family thinkthat he might have been suicidal? Because it seems kind of odd that what happened to him was just an “accident?”?

    • Meaghan March 31, 2011 / 3:33 pm

      It may well have been a suicide, but I hesitated to broach the subject. We will probably never know.

  3. Princess Shantae March 31, 2011 / 9:13 pm

    People, even people without mental problems, can be realy reckless around trains. Its like they lose their common sense or something. They forget how fast a train is and that the engineer needs at least a mile and often more than that to be able to stop. There was a show a few years ago on TV that talked about railroad danger, and they showed how drivers keep trying to go around crossing gates even when they can see the train coming on.

    • Meaghan April 1, 2011 / 1:43 pm

      I remember when I took Driver’s Ed, we were required to watch many scary videos of trains crushing cars like they were cardboard milk cartons. Fortunately there aren’t too many trains around where I live, but I would NEVER go around a gate.

  4. Princess Shantae April 1, 2011 / 10:08 am

    If this Victor ran away, there should be some arrest records for him somewhere. If he was in a gang its not likely he would never get arrested or talked to by the police after he went missing.

    • Meaghan April 1, 2011 / 10:50 am

      If there are arrest records, there would be fingerprints. If the police had his fingerprints from his prior arrest, they could run them through the national databases. But I bet they’ve already thought of this.

  5. Celeste April 1, 2011 / 1:20 pm

    The suicde theory is only one theory and Princess Shante you are right. Therecould beother reasons why John Adams died. But this is only one woman’s theory. there could be other reasons why John Adams died that we won’t everknow about?

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