To wit: From the start, 22-year-old Sunny Tripathi, the son of a wealthy software CEO, has been shrewdly marketed by his tech-savvy family as a "missing Brown student" who mysteriously vanished one brisk March morning while strolling his college campus.
In reality, however, this young man isn't missing, per se, and he's not a student at Brown University either.
But those calculated embellishments are far more attention-grabbing than the unadorned truth would be: That Tripathi's scholastic career at the esteemed institute of learning he used to attend was derailed by chronic, untreated depression; and that he left a three word goodbye-cruel-world note just before deliberately dropping off everybody's radar.
Sunil is gone. He's not where he's supposed to be. But going into hiding, planning a highly-publicized suicide, being in the throes of a nervous breakdownÂ—whicheverÂ—this is certainly not a missing persons case in the sense that the public has come to understand them: An abduction or a murder.
And, while the Tripathi clan's crisis is undeniably sad, a five-state all out manhunt for an emotionally disturbed, underweight youth who "always wears three winter coats" and has a history of mental illness frankly isn't merited.
That such a mindbogglingly humongous search effort now also includes the supremely pricey services of the taxpayer-funded Federal Bureau of Investigations is also objectionable. Especially considering the unlimited financial assets the Tripathis have at their disposal for conducting this mission on their own, and that those resources should obviously have been spent on getting their troubled son treatment before he pulled a Houdini on them.
"The police and FBI are going above and beyond the call of duty to find Sunil," his mother Judy, a health-care professional, recently told reporters, although nobody answered this reporter's request for clarification as to the reason why.
The feds involvement is additionally offensive since they're all but nonexistent in searches for other young men of much humbler origins who've gone missing unintentionally and, as true victims of foul play, are worthy of the Bureau's assistance.
Such as Colin Gillis, Nick Wilcox, and Charlie GeurtsÂ…just to name a few unsolved cases that are being unjustly neglected.
The FBI should search for Colin Gillis instead because:
This March 11th marked the one-year anniversary of the unexplained Gillis disappearance from upstate New York, and it took the same length of time for the 18-year-old pre-med student's not-so-affluent family to raise a $25,000 reward for info that will somehow bring him home again.
Not incidentally, the FBI is currently seeking the public's help in identifying all the possible but still unknown victims of recently deceased serial killer, Israel Keyes, who secretly owned a rundown shack that's a mere hop, skip and jump from the Gillis family's residence.
The dangerous psycho also robbed a bank in Tupper Lake, the very town that Colin Gillis went missing fromÂ…
The FBI should search for Nick Wilcox instead because:
The 24-year-old student went missing from Milwaukee on New Year's day 2013. He was last seen being dragged from a disreputable bar by equally disreputable bouncers/police and hasn't been seen nor heard from since.
It took Wilcox's family quite some time to get a reward fund going, too. Even so, everybody knows that a $10,000 bounty isn't going to loosen the lips of eye witnesses refusing to provide information.
The Wilcox vanishing also highlights the city of Milwaukee's severe problem with police brutality and young men being killed and/or disappearing. Indeed, it's become such a plaguing issue that residents have initiated unprecedented reform measures to place the hiring, firing and disciplining of cops exclusively into the hands of civilians.
Murder by police misconduct, by the way, is definitely an issue that concerns the federal authorities. So too is the growing epidemic of missing-found-drowned young male bar patrons nationwide.
The FBI should search for Charlie Geurts instead because:
The 26-year-old also eerily disappeared from Wisconsin. Geurts had been visiting the city of Madison for an agricultural conference and stepped out of his hotel room on January 15, 2013, never to be seen again.
Oddly enough, Madison police announced within only days of searching that the young man drowned in Lake Monona, although there was nothing substantiating this suspicious theory and his corpse was never recovered.
Why did they believe that then? Because, less than a half hour after Geurts left his hotel, someone in that neighborhood called 911 to report a man knocking on their backdoor who matched his description.
Obviously, the police answered the urgent call, but exactly which officers came nobody's saying.
Geurts too is no multimillionaire but, notwithstanding his solid 99 Percent membership, he merits the FBI's attention because Madison as well has a disturbing pattern of certain cops using excessive force on young males. For example officer Stephen Heimsness, whose record of violence has gotten the citizenry so up in arms this year they've filed a petition to have him permanently fired.
"Doesn't want to be found"
That's the lame excuse police throughout the U.S. always handout to worried parents reporting their young sons missing. This is the reason they routinely give for why they can't be bothered, even when a disappearance is uncharacteristic and foul play clearly indicated.
That being standard protocol then, it's odd that local, state and federal agencies have launched such an unusually broad and earnest search for Sunil Tripathi, who's made it perfectly clear he doesn't wish to be found, dead or alive, by anyone.
Colin Gillis, Nick Wilcox and Charlie Geurts on the other hand never displayed such ambivalence about life, and their disappearances weren't staged productions intended to cause maximum distress for their loved ones and communities.
So why aren't the authorities frantically searching for themÂ…?
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