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Case #13563. Missing Persons: Fortunato Poe.
Case #13563
Missing Persons - Fortunato Poe
Perseus Moon - ID No. 001049858
Case Closed: 10/04/1953
Case Reopened: 02/02/2014

I decided to revisit a case that has not been opened in a while. I began looking into the missing Fortunato incident that occurred more than fifty years ago. The case was brought back to my attention after a witness to the crime came to the department. They mentioned that they finally had the nerve to tell the department who they saw Fortunato walking with many years ago. The witness described the man talking to Fortunato, which made Fortunato’s face glow with excitement and walk with the man south east towards the edge of town.

The witness claimed that the suspect may have been Montresor. He said it had been many years, but would recognize that face. After some research I discovered that Montresor was a millionaire living in the area. The witness stated that Fortunato and Montresor had both had been at the carnival together that evening and when Fortunato ultimately disappeared, Montresor was gone for a short period as well. I discovered that there had been a fair amount of angst against each other through a few newspaper clippings. Neither person liked each other.

Montresor had passed away three years ago, so obtaining a search warrant wasn’t much of an issue. I sent a couple pairs of his shoes to the lab, and when they returned I noticed a large amount of granite on every article of clothing. I was curious as to where he was in this small town that would have so much rock. I figured maybe there was a cave or something nearby. When I discovered there were no caves within a 20 mile radius, I was curious if there was a tunnel system underneath his residence.

I consulted the blueprints of his old victorian home and saw that nothing showed up except for a closet that was small and had no entrance or exit to beneath the house. The blueprints showed the closet in the foyer of the house. When I went to the house, I noticed a large bookshelf covering a large section of wall. I noticed that without a fair amount of help I would not be able to move this monstrous bookshelf on my own. I decided I would call it a day and come back tomorrow.

I reviewed the evidence I had collected so far. I now know that according to an eyewitness Fortunato had walked with Montresor south east, by re-tracing his possible steps we concluded that it must be to his mansion. I also concluded from old acquaintances and journals, these men were individuals who did not like each other, but looked like they did on the outside. I woke up the next morning early and asked a few people from the department to help me move the bookshelf. We forcefully pushed it to the left side and saw that it was a large hallway to what looked like catacombs. As I walked a few hundred feet down it became clear this long stretch of hallway was a wine cellar.

I continued down farther as the air became more musty and stale. It was clear that this area had not been touched in over fifty years. I reached the end of the hallway where it rounded out into an open space. I noticed that a stretch of wall was of a different color brick than the rest of the cellar. Parts of the wall had actually fallen out due to age, and when I kicked the remainder of the wall in, low and behold I found skeletal remains at the floor, and chains hanging from the ceiling. I brought my team back and we documented every angle with a picture, put down evidence markers, and I made sure to keep a note of everything we discovered.

When we DNA tested the remains, it came back 100% as Fortunato. When we sent off the chains, they had in fact been old when Montresor used them and in the process he cut himself. The blood on the chains indicated that it had in fact been Montresor who killed Fortunato. The scene played out that he lured him down to the cellar for some reason, knocked him out with a blunt object, and then chained him up to die alone and in the dark. While we can not punish the man who did this, there will be a special place in hell for him. At least we could give the Fortunato family just a small amount of closure.
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