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NNYGeo: This was a cool cache, but I'm not able to maintain it in the fashion that I would like to be able to, and it is just too big a job.

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Adirondack Murder Mystery

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Hidden : 7/6/2005
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Case File 118-zh-5b

Unsolved Murder - Special Crimes Investigation Unit assistance requested - priority Alpha-1

Whether you work solo on this one or bring in the other members of the team, this is going to be a tough one. We know that a murder took place, but we are missing the following information:
  1. the identity of the victim
  2. the identity of the murderer
  3. the murder weapon
  4. the crime scene
Solving this crime is going to be a little like a cross between a decathlon, the game of "Clue", and the TV show "CSI". Let me lay out what we have so far (and it ain't much - Jon)...look at the information below, and then come out to our field HQ (at the given coordinates) if you are willing to give us a hand on this one. Thank goodness for the GPS as a crime-fighting tool, to help us tag locations in our investigations for you and your team, it makes this whole process so much easier.

The given coordinates will lead you to our field headquarters. Once there, you will find the coordinates for the locations of all of your witness/suspect interviews, the possible murder weapons, and the possible crime scenes. We have left as much of the criminal investigation intact and at the original location as is you asked...but it is going make lots of work for you and your team.

There is a worksheet with a table on it to help you keep track of your investigation, it will also lead you to the location of the victim, at which point you can collect your fee.

Possible Decedents:

There are 2 missing persons reports on file in the immediate area, and we are going to proceed on the assumption that our vic is one of these two people:

Monte Williamson

White male, 37 yo, 6'1", 175lb. A roommate reported Williamson missing when he was 3 days overdue from a solo camping trip in this area, and our office was contacted by the Boston PD. Williamson was solo camping due to his habit of playing Ted Nugent loudly at all hours, his refusal to carry out his garbage, and shooting at bottles and wildlife with a pellet gun incessantly.

Williamson was last seen heading to a campsite on Follensby Clear Pond, from the Spider Creek Landing, 2 weeks ago ago. He was said to have been planning a 5 day trip in the woods and waters and mountains of this area. His roommate reports that although obnoxious, Williamson is a capable outdoorsman, and has returned from many such trips before without incident. Williamson's car was searched, and yielded no evidence of foul play.

The roommate and Williamson's girlfriend have solid alibis for the entire time, and Williamson is not said to really know anybody else in Boston or anywhere else who might have a reasons to kill him. The roommate speculated, during his interview, that another person trying to enjoy the outdoors might have killed Williamson in response to his offensive behavior in the outdoors.

Chuck Potter

White male, 22 yo, 5'8", 185lb. The Scout camp that Potter works at reported him missing when he didn't come back to work after a day off. Potter has never been late to work much less missed days in a row, and as such, his employer was concerned when he didn't show up to meet an incoming group of scouts on Monday.

Potter told one of his fellow employees that he was planning to visit his parents after going for a hike off of the Floodwood Road; he never made it to his parents' house in Saranac Lake. Potter is described as a friendly, diligent worker with a habit of telling people more than they wanted to know, and volunteering impromptu Natural History lectures to anyone within earshot; a useful habit when working with eager and interested young scouts, but potentially annoying among the public at large (according to friends and co-workers).


We have detained 6 people who were in the area at or around the time that the crime was committed. They are all being held in isolation (at the coordinates given) to prevent their stories from changing. We are confident that your interrogation/interviews will allow you to gain valuable information from one or more of the witnesses/suspects, and perhaps even identify the murderer.
Bobby Navarro, 18 - Bobby was exploring the Saint Regis Canoe Area with his girlfriend, Susie Potemkin, at the time of the incident. Bobby is reported to have a hot temper, and to be overly protective of Susie. He is an accomplished outdoorsman and avid crockpot cook. Bobby is missing the little toe on his left foot due to an accident with a hatchet while camping 5 years ago.
Susie Potemkin, 17 - Susie is less outdoorsy than Bobby, and seems nervous when answering questions about the date in question (although this may be due to the fact that she told her parents that she was studying at a friend's house). Susie has an extensive collection of Britany Spears collectibles, and scored off the charts in archery competitions at school last year.
Frederika Smith, 74 - Frederika is staying with her husband Ralph at one of the campsites along Floodwood Road on Pollywog Pond. She says that she was taking a walk while her husband took a nap at the time in question. Frederika has a record for felonious assault, and served time back in the 70's. Her sugar cookies are delicious.
Ralph Smith, 78 - Ralph maintains that he was sleeping throughout the time in question, an activity he devotes most of his Adirondack vacations to, according to him. Ralph was seen to be cutting fish into filets with a brand new knife, which was remarkable only in that everything else in the couple's camp was quite old and well-used. He smells like moth-balls.
Nick Mellon, 25 - Nick was visiting the islands around Follensby Clear Pond at the time in question, with his dog, Rusty. Nick was cleaning up campsites as part of a community service arrangement with local law-enforcement after a college-party on State Forest Preserve land. Nick can work out complicated math problems in his head, and can tie an astounding array of knots.
Pam Sturbridge, 27 - Pam was staying with friends on Upper Saranac Lake, and was riding in the woods along the large network of trails set out for snowmobilers and hikers. She has a twisted ankle, that she maintains came from a fall on this trip, but she claims not to remember where the fall occurred. Her pockets were filled with cough-drops and mussel shells and tiny pinecones.

Possible Murder Weapons:

We have found 6 possible murder weapons in the area, and have left them in place, so that you and/or your team can examine them as we found them for physical evidence. You should be able to identify the weapon used to commit the murder; and maybe also which of our possible victims met with a messy end, and who among our witness/suspect list is a murderer.




Swiss-Army Knife



Possible Crime Scenes:

We have identified 6 possible crime scenes in the area, and have tried to minimize our impact on them, so that you and/or your team can examine them for physical evidence. We hope that you will be able to glean enough information from the scene of the crime to determine the "who, why, and how" of our murder mystery.

Canoe Portage

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Hidden Pond

Fire Ring

You're a talented investigator, but this one is going too be long on legwork and short on rusty math skills tell me that there are 432 possible solutions for this crime, and only the right one will see justice done and lead you to your payment at the end of your investigation...

You will need to be prepared to hike for miles in the backcountry, climb mountains and face steep terrain, paddle/portage to remote locations, dive to 10 feet or so underwater, hunt for clues after dark, talk with locals, visit a graveyard, etc. Plan on one very long day, a couple of days, or a couple of visits to the area. I wish you good luck. Thanks for all of your help, there's no way we could do all of this without you!!!

Jon Foret, Special Investigator
Northern Tier CID

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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Decryption Key


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