Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Another Possible 'Smiley Face Gang' Link Emerges

Photo from FOX44
Enhanced graffiti photo from The Sope-Bocks

New details have emerged in the search for missing 19-year-old Middlebury College freshman Nicholas Garza that could link him to the so-called "Smiley Face Gang," which a group of retired detectives believes is responsible for the apparent drowning deaths of dozens of young men across the country.

Searchers have found smiley-face graffiti near Garza's campus like that painted near some of the locations where about 40 bodies have been discovered across 11 states, FOX 44 News reported. Garza’s mother thinks that discovery could link her son's disappearance to the deaths of the other mostly college-age victims. Volunteer searchers have come forward with pictures of the smiley face, found on a utility shed door a short distance from downtown Middlebury, Vt.

The photos were taken a week-and-a-half ago, when the group was scouring a river bank for clues. When the volunteers saw New York detectives describing the alleged gang of serial killers on national TV and saw pictures of the graffiti discovered in some of the other cases, they realized the striking similarity to the drawings they had photographed, FOX 44 reported. The graffiti on the shed was almost identical to that painted near some of the spots where the young men's bodies have been found, typically in rivers. "When you're walking around, you notice there's graffiti but you're not paying attention to what's out there," Nicholas' mother, Natalie Garza, told FOX 44. (enhanced photo at right)

Garza was last seen walking out of a dormitory February 5. When friends couldn't find him the next day, they notified campus security, but his mother didn't file a missing persons report until five days later because friends thought Garza might have left campus to go to a cabin that was out of cell-phone range. Middlebury police believe the graffiti is more than two years old and are not following up on leads related to the alleged gang. Officers have been searching the water for Garza after an airplane captured a picture of what appeared to be a body several weeks ago. "Nick didn't walk off this campus and he was in his right frame of mind, and I believe somebody knows what happened to my son that night," Natalie Garza told FOX 44. Searches of the 350-acre campus have yielded no clues as to what happened to the student. The last large-scale hunt ended February 23, though there have been spot searches since then. All 109 buildings on campus have been combed through twice, as have their rooftops. (original photo above)

I can already read the words CLASS and DDICE in the graffiti. BTW, the smiley face is not readily apparent in this photo.

If you recognize any of the graffiti, please drop me a note in the Comments section.


Anonymous said...


Charlie said...

Dear anonymous: How can I take such a threat seriously? You can't even spell "copyright" correctly. Furthermore, you say I am in violation of "copywrite" infringement. Either my blog is in violation of copyrights or there is infringement. BUT, it can't be both -- sorry for the lesson in grammar.

Anyway, you don't cite which "photos", nor who you are and why you have any right to the "photos". As such, I have NO intention of removing anything from my blog.

If you are referring to a photo of a victim, you should have NO problem with me posting a picture in hopes of finding information that would help find that person's murderer. Sounds to me like you're a kid trying to cause trouble. If so, go play somewhere else... you're not welcome here.

Anonymous said...

Maybe he or she is one of the Smiley Face Killers........and is nervous someone will recognize their TAG Sorry My spelling is'nt good either ...Hope fully they Catch these looser dirtbags

Anonymous said...

There is somewhat of a smiley in the A. On CNN the other day, they showed one smiley face on a tree, and it didnt have the mouth really. It was, however, near one of the places that one had drowned.

Ethan the serial killer investigator said...

good can see my interpretation of the meaning of the graffitti at my blog feel free to use any information i gathered