FBI Needs Help Cracking Codes in Mysterious Murder Case

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Bored at work today? Feel like solving a murder? The FBI has resorted to asking the public for help with the open murder case of Ricky McCormick. The body of the 41-year-old was found along Highway 67 in West Alton, Illinois, with his throat likely slashed, the Mystery Report says. In his pockets were two encrypted, hand-written notes that may have clues to his unsolved murder. Photos of the notes after the jump, if you're up for it, gumshoe.

The FBI's Cryptanalysis and Racketeering Records Unit couldn't break these codes for the life of them:

McCormick had used such encrypted notes since he was a boy, but apparently no one in his family knows how to decipher the codes, and it's unknown whether anyone besides McCormick could translate his secret language...Our cryptanalysts have several plausible theories about the notes, but so far, there has been no solution.

Here's where you come in. While there is no reward for cracking the case, it would be a great story to tell during happy hour this evening. Get to work!

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If you have any success, get in contact with the FBI (in non-encrypted English, please) at the following address:

FBI Laboratory
Cryptanalysis and Racketeering Records Unit
2501 Investigation Parkway
Quantico, VA 22135
Attn: Ricky McCormick Case

Ricky McCormick's Mysterious Codes [The Mystery Report]

[ngreene@villagevoice.com / @nickgreene]


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