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The search for missing Sterling, CT teenager Todd “TJ” Allen has come to a tragic end:
We didn’t know Todd Allen, but he was a human being, he was loved, he will be mourned and missed, people will be devastated and affected for the rest of their lives, and we truly hope that his family can eventually find inner peace.
And just like that the most talked about mystery in the history of Facebook detectives has come to a close. As time went on it became less and less likely that he was actually on the run, as many Internet detectives speculated. Eventually he would’ve run out of money, or someone would’ve noticed him, or he would’ve came back home to Mom and Dad.
But now that they know he is dead the Facebook murder police are back on the case and are trying to figure out who did this to TJ Allen. The police have announced that they have identified a person of interest in the case:
One thing I think that is pretty obvious is that the person who killed him (it’s reported that he was stabbed) is the same person who sent the text message from TJ’s phone, in which TJ allegedly claimed to have hurt himself on his bike.
My question is, how did everyone miss the body? It was only a couple miles from his home in Sterling. There were hundreds of people out canvassing those woods, including the police. This has led to all sorts of Internet speculation. And several people who claim to have knowledge of the situation are throwing out the same name for the person of interest.
Now, we had a choice – talk about what people are talking about, or ignore it. On the one hand, this person (the name that is making the rounds with the Internet police) could be completely innocent. In that case they’re being dragged through the mud and it’s completely fucked up. On the other hand, their name is already all over the Internet and people are mulling about him already, so we’re not really releasing anything. We’re just showing you what people are talking about. If anything it’s kind of our responsibility to show the world the potential dangers of speculating without facts.
And just for the record, as far as we are concerned, we are NOT saying that we believe this person did anything. We are simply here to comment on the work of Internet special investigators. According to TJ Allen’s mother, she never liked this kid (the person of interest), who was the last person to see him, and had graduated with him from Ellis Tech the previous year. The name everyone is tossing around is Kevin Weismore:
That last comment is NOT true. No one is in custody.
If this kid didn’t do it, then we hope to educate our readers about the dangers of Internet speculation. Remember when the New York Post did this?
Yea, turns out those guys didn’t blow up the marathon, and their lives were basically ruined because of that.
But this is obviously a very different story. The New York Post had a picture of two guys in a crowd of thousands, who just so happened to have backpacks on. TJ Allen was discovered after cops were brought to a body by someone living in a rural area who just so happened to be a close acquaintance of TJ. That narrows it down a lot more than two guys with backpacks in Boston.
We’re just trying to play devil’s advocate and racking our brains right now trying to figure out a way that the person who led police to the body wasn’t the killer. No one can come up with much. Unless he just happened to be playing in the woods near his house in the middle of January and randomly came across the body. But if he did do it, then we basically have a case of Edgar Allen Poe’s Telltale Heart. If he did do it, then that means he knew he was dead this entire time, said nothing, and just couldn’t live with the pain anymore.
And where is the bike? Internet detectives speculate that it was for sale on Craig’s List, or blah, blah, blah. But obviously since it wasn’t next to his body, the person who killed him knows where it is.
We’ll see what happens with this going forward. For more information check out this Facebook Live from WTNH reporter Tina Detelj:
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