SC SC: Walter Rice dob 1920, found 1/27/91 McCormick

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  1. lymom3

    lymom3 Well-Known Member

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    I didn't see any old thread on this here. I found it intriguing though. Any thoughts?

    http://www.indexjournal.com/news/20070730b_n.html

    McCORMICK — On the desk of McCormick Police Chief L.R. Martin are two manila folders containing unsolved cases that continue to puzzle the chief and his staff.
    One of the folders contains the details of what Chief Martin said was McCormick’s only bank robbery, but second case — the one that the chief said he will never forget — concerns the bizarre death and hidden identity of a man who’s real name remains a mystery to this day.

    The man who never was

    When the call came into to the McCormick Police Department on the morning of Jan. 27, 1991, Martin was a patrolman who was the first person answering a call to investigate a broken window in a trailer.
    “The initial complaint was that there might have been a burglary,” Martin said.
    When he arrived, Martin discovered a strong winter wind had blown a metal rocking chair against the glass with enough force to shatter it.
    Because the door to the trailer was locked, Martin crawled through the open window and went inside.
    “The moment I got inside I smelled this horrible odor, but had no idea what it was,” Martin said. “No one had seen anyone around the trailer for a couple of years, so I continued to investigate, thinking there had been a robbery because it was an abandoned trailer.” As Martin walked toward the back of the single-wide trailer, he saw what looked to be a rag lying on the floor near the bathroom door.
    Moving toward the material, Martin’s foot inadvertently came in contact with what later proved to be a human leg in a severe state of decomposition.
     


  2. georgiagirl

    georgiagirl Opinionated Southern Belle

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    very interesting read....
     
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    docwho3 New Member

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    It sounds as if the CIA has hung a huge "do not disturb" sign on this one and I for one will respect it. My arms are too short to box with them.
     
  4. lymom3

    lymom3 Well-Known Member

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    I just can't wrap my mind around what could be THAT big of a deal after all this time has passed. Odd...
     
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  5. BethInAK

    BethInAK Active Member

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    LOL docwho.
    I hope that if the man had family, that they know what happened to him
    Perhaps a witness protection program participant?
     
  6. MissieMt

    MissieMt New Member

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    Wow-I totally agree with Docwho on this one. There are some questions that never should be answered. I hope BethInAK's thinking is correct and his family knows some of what was going on.
     
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  7. txsvicki

    txsvicki Active Member

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    Maybe Mr. Rice was originally from another country and his real family has no idea where he went. I don't know anything about the CIA, but I doubt if anything that is connected to government would give anyone a large sum of cash, and have to wonder if they even used black men back when Mr. Rice would have been working since he looked to be pretty old in his pic, unless he infiltrated some group of interest to someone.
     
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  8. MagicRose99

    MagicRose99 Watch out for my thorns!

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    Also, I would imagine if he had been in something like the Witness Protection Program, his ID / paperwork would be backed up properly... not coming up as fake or forged.
     
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    Kimster Former Member

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    Grungster Well-Known Member

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    Is anyone able to get a screenshot of the full article please?
     
  11. Grungster

    Grungster Well-Known Member

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    madamx Well-Known Member

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    Strange Company: The Man Who Wasn't There: The Enigma of Walter Rice

    here is part of the article I found.

    The Man Who Wasn't There: The Enigma of Walter Rice

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    Walter Rice





    Sometime in 1990, a man named Walter Rice moved from Connecticut to McCormick, South Carolina. He bought a small lot and a trailer, and settled down to live virtually as a hermit. He had no job, no friends, no known activities. So isolated was his life that when he failed to pay his power bill in February 1992, it was assumed Rice had simply abandoned his trailer. Crews removed his meter, and no one thought anything more about the matter.

    In April 1994, McCormick’s police department received a disturbing phone call from a woman who refused to give her name. She said that two months before, a friend of hers had broken into Rice’s trailer, only to find his dead body lying on the floor. The woman explained her long silence by saying she assumed someone would discover the corpse, but as the weeks went by, her conscience forced her to alert authorities. When police arrived at the trailer, they did indeed find signs of a break-in. And the very, very dead body of Walter Rice.


    The coroner estimated that Rice had died early in February 1992, probably of a massive heart attack. (He had been injured in a serious auto accident in late January 1992, which might have also contributed to his death.)




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    "Greenwood Index-Journal," November 7, 1994, via Newspapers.com
     
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  13. madamx

    madamx Well-Known Member

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    A couple of things came to mind. What if he was just the type of person that saved money.
    There are only check stubs from 1973 to 1983. Could he have worked off the books the whole other time?
    Also how did they know he had siblings if they did not know who he really was?
    I wonder what we’re the places that were stamped in his passport ?
     
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    madamx Well-Known Member

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    madamx Well-Known Member

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    Wondering if he should be under the category of unidentified instead of unclaimed, since they really don’t know who he is.
     
  16. wishBones1962

    wishBones1962 Well-Known Member

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    Does anybody know if he was buried embalmed? Or cremated? The hospital might have still on file some specimans, from his being injured in the auto accident in January 1992.
    Time to run a DNA?
    MOO
     
  17. Grungster

    Grungster Well-Known Member

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    He was buried, if it weren't for a probate judge, he wouldn't have had a headstone. You can see it on that photo on this thread.
     
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  18. Grungster

    Grungster Well-Known Member

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    Also, Walter apparently had a passport with several exotic locations on it. The passport was traced to the CIA who REFUSED to help.
     
  19. JudgeJoe

    JudgeJoe Well-Known Member

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    Fascinating. Exhumation? DNA from tooth or bone? Familial genealogy?
     
  20. madamx

    madamx Well-Known Member

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    Here is a link to the Griswold inn where he worked Home - Griswold Inn

    Below is a map of the location
     

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