The Data and Erasing it, Part II

Posted by JJinPhila on April 14, 2009 

 

 

In February of 2009, I wrote an entry about the “revelation,” such as it was, about then Centre County District Attorney Ray Gricar speaking to associates, possibly a year before he disappeared, about erasing the contents of his then sole computer, the laptop.  Being a skeptic, I suggested that maybe he was moving in with his then housemate, Ms. Fornicola, and didn’t want her to see, even inadvertently, personal or employee files on the computer.  The entry is here:  The Data and Erasing It

            Today, we had an additional revelation, that Mr. Gricar had done searches on his computer relating to the destruction of data on hard drives, “water damage to a notebook computer.”  This was exact method used to destroy the data.  http://www.centredaily.com/news/local/story/1228044.html

            The home desktop computer, where Mr. Gricar’s searches were found, was not an old computer.  It had been purchased around January of 2005; it was collected from the house on 4/17/05.  In other words, Mr. Gricar expressed and interest erasing the drive about a year before he disappeared and then did searches on how to do it on in early 2005.

The home desktop computer, where the searches were found, was not an old computer.  It had been purchased around January 2005; it was collected from the house on 4/17/05.  In other words, Mr. Gricar expressed an interest in erasing the data on the drive at some point around year prior to his disappearance and searched for methods to destroy it, including the one ultimately used, within three and a half months prior to his disappearance.

What does this point to?  Obviously, it points to his intent to destroy the data on the laptop, and a long term interest in doing so.  It also points to him choosing the method of the destruction, it not actually carrying it out.  It clearly points to a voluntary action on Mr. Gricar’s part.  There was something on the drive that he didn’t want seen, if he wasn’t coming back.  He didn’t come back. 

I would also add, that while I'm happy with more data, I find the timing of this barking dog interesting.

 

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