30 January 2010


The disappearance of Phil Agre

Years ago, I regularly read the Red Rock Eater News Service, a mailing list run by Phil Agre, then a professor at UCLA. He was smart and opinionated, and his enthusiasm for cheap-but-good fineline pens helped me during my days as a full-time editor.

I found out today that he has been missing since sometime in late 2008 or early 2009, which is particularly worrisome because of his bipolar disorder. I did not know him at all, but his disappearance is strange, especially because it hadn't been at all publicized until three months ago. It seems he had been behaving erratically before his disappearance.

I've known a few people who have vanished in a similar fashion, and those cases did not end well. I hope things are different in Agre's case.

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I certainly hope Mr Agre is found safe - but then I remembered someone else about whose disappearance you wrote: Daniel Hughes. What was the outcome in the Daniel Hughes case?
Sadly, that was one of the worst case scenarios I was talking about. His remains were found on the lower slopes of Mt. Seymour in July, not too far from where he left his bicycle a few weeks earlier.
Very sad.
The UCLA missing report says that Philip Agre was found.

"Philip Agre was located by LA County Sheriff’s Department on January 16, 2010 and is in good health and is
self sufficient." - https://www.ucpd.ucla.edu/2009/09-2490.pdf

Sorry about Daniel.