So what makes Gricar's disappearance any different from those of countless other guys who could have been killed, or killed themselves? Well ...
It Gets Weirder:
Want to guess what case he was working at the time he disappeared? Here's a hint: It's Pennsylvania, home of Penn State University.
Hey, what a coincidence! Something big happened there just the other ... year ... oh.
Yep. Investigators found that at the time of his disappearance in 2005, Gricar was working on what would be known as the Penn State sex abuse scandal, which may or may not end up revealing an assistant football coach as a horrible dickbag who deserves all the prison. You know, that scandal that just broke last year. Gricar was working on it six years earlier.
Then he vanished.
Furthermore, investigators found out Gricar had in 1998 mysteriously refused to press charges against the coach despite having more than enough evidence. In 2005, same thing. It was almost like he was stacking evidence for the mother of all judicial beatdowns.
"You're about to be as screwed as those k-- oh, shit. I probably shouldn't say that."
Many officials have since said that Gricar's disappearance must have something to do with the Penn State scandal, goddamnit. And true enough, even without the whole case-building thing, Gricar had a history of animosity with the university. But here's yet another curve:
Remember that laptop we mentioned, the one that was found in the river? You know, implying that the killer dumped it there? In 2009, someone got around to searching Gricar's home computer. Its search history showed that Gricar had made a whole lot of Web searches for things such as "how to wreck a hard drive," "how to fry a hard drive" and "water damage to a notebook computer." It's as if he was planning to destroy the computer himself, in a way that would make its contents unrecoverable.
"Haha! Now no one will discover all that incriminating evidence! Wait, shit."