The Michigan Daily-Saturday, September 8, 1979-Page 9:
MSU genius still missing
EAST LANSING (UPI) - Police
eking a missing teenage computer
hiz hoped to finish searching a maze
f steam tunnels beneath the Michigan.
ta'te University (MSU) campus
esterday, but admitted they still have
zw clues in the case.
Capt. Ferman Badgley outlined four
ossible theories on the disappearance
f James Dallas Egbert III, a 16-year-
Id MSU sophomore.
HE COULD BE alive and "playing a
;ame with us," Badgley said, could
ave committed suicide, suffered foul
play as a result of his homosexual ties
r involvement in a fantasy game or
died accidentally - possibly in the tun-
"I think all of these are possibilities,"
Badgley said. "But I'm not hanging my
hat on any one of them."
Badgley also said state police believe
a purported suicide note found in
Egbert's room could have been written
by the computer science student.
Earlier, investigators said they
believed the note was a hoax.
HE ALSO SAID Egbert's mother
believed the youth had been "somewhat
upset and distraught" recently. He ad-
ded, however, that others did not share
Badgley described Egbert as "ex-
tremely intelligent .., brilliant" and
said he is "capable of pulling off a hoax
- there isn't any doubt about it." I
He also raised the possibility Egbert
has "gotten to the point where he's
scared to come out."
"We really haven't got any clues we
can hang our hat on," he said.
Badgley said differences between
campus police and' private in-
vestigators hired by Egbert's parents
have been resolved. Police were upset
by published reports urging informants
to call the investigators, he said.
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nmployment rate rose sharply in
ugust to 6'per cent, the highest in
ore than a year as job layoffs spread
rough the economy in the face of the
ew recession, the government said
And in another report with bad news
r consumers, the government said
holesale prices rose another 1.2 per
ent in August, with higher prices for
and fuel largely to blame.
UNEMPLOYMENT was 5.7 per cent
July. The bulk of the increased
oblessness was among adult white
ales, said Janet Norwood, com-
issioner of the Bureau of Labor
tatistics. She said the latest reports
reinforce the signals of weakening
. gnomic performance."
The government's Producer Price
[ndex showed that food prices rose 1.2
,er cent at the wholesale level, rever-
;ing a four month period when food
,rices had either declined or showed no
In another development, four of the
ation's largest banks raised their
rime lending rates to a record 12.75
r cent, in a direct response to actions
y the Federal Reserve Board to driye
ap interest rates to help slow inflation.
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hat other economic statistics had
howed production declining as the
conomy slipped into a recession.
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nderlying economic weakness," he
ing rate to 12.75%
said. "That's unfortunate, but that's ployment increased by 3
what we had to expect. We have to be Norwood told the Join
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