August 21st, 2009
Game: Vanish: Finding Evan Ratliff
Location: Santa Monica, CA?
Date: August 21, 2009
Wired magazine has been holding a contest to find one of their writers who has gone “missing” for a month. Evan Ratliff has been on the run since August 15th and today has been the first time his pursuers have received credible intelligence as to his whereabouts.
At 1:42 EDT, Nicholas Thompson, Evan’s editor at Wired, tweeted that Evan’s ATM card had been used.
Breaking!!! $3000 deposited, and $300 withdrawn twice from ATM. 1300th 4th street, Santa Monica . #vanish
Evan knows that his credit card and ATM usage is being monitored, so he won’t be in the area for long, so if you want to win the $5000 prize being offered, you’ll have to be quick. To win, you have to a: take a picture of Evan Ratliff, b: tell him the codework “Fluke”, c: receive a code word back from Evan and d: email the new code word and the picture to email@example.com. Sound simple enough?
Update: @VanishingAct01 has done some cold calling of restaurants in the area and apparently found a gentleman matching Evan’s description at Cha Cha Chicken in Santa Monica (1906 Ocean Ave). Could be something, could be nothing, but if you’re in the area, I’d check it out.