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Wrap-up: The Unsettling Truth About the ‘Mostly Harmless’ Hiker

12 Jan 2021 6:28 PM | Anonymous

I wrote twice recently about a search for the identity of a deceased man, known as "Mostly Harmless."

An online search for clues involved hundreds of Internet users, law enforcement personnel, and others. The story involved genealogy searches and DNA analysis similar to what many thousands of genealogists have used.  The articles are available at and at

In the first of two articles, author Nicholas Thompson first described the unknown man and then provided his name and a bit of the background information about him in the second article. The "hit counter" in this web site shows that those were two of the most popular articles on this site.

Now Nicholas Thompson has written a third article, one that provides a lot of background information about the man that has been learned only after Thompson's second article was published.

If you were interested in the first two articles by Nicholas Thompson, you will want to read the third installment in the Wired web site at:

Warning: If you are looking for a happy ending to all stories, you will be disappointed in this one. Yet I found it to be a fascinating story.

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