Game designer American McGee has announced that his sister Mercy Covington from Dallas, Texas, is missing with evidence of foul play, including some possible evidence her disappearance may be related to threats he received containing anti-gamergate statements.
Dallas police have been alerted but according to Mr. McGee, little was being done.
On December 3rd, he posted on facebook and twitter, asking for help pressuring authorities to investigate. A thread was started on Kotaku In Action to coordinate a campaign to investigate the situation, and to help pressure authorities to actually investigate the case.
On December 4, McGee tweeted, “Update is we’ve “angered” detective in charge of her case by making noise. He says they aren’t looking now.” in response to a follower’s request for an update about the case. In an interview with The Ralph Retort, McGee further explained that the detective in charge of the case is operating under the belief that Ms Covington ran off on her own, and seems to be ignoring evidence to the contrary.
Following this, Kotaku in Action’s new goal, currently described in a stickied post to the subreddit, is contacting media to pressure the Dallas police department to do their job.
On December 6th, Jesse Singal, a reporter who has promoted anti-gamergate’s narrative about gamergate, tweeted that he had confirmed the existence of an open case on Mercy Covington with the Dallas police department, but did not confirm any action being taken on it.
It seems that public scrutiny of the department’s effort has indeed had an effect. Eight hours after Jesse Singal’s tweet, American McGee posted another update on facebook, thanking everyone and stating that Ms. Covington’s mother reported an increase in investigative actions by police, with suspects being called, and leads followed. The statement ends, “Last thing I want to say is that there’s a lot of additional information about this case that I’ve not shared. This is partly to protect Mercy, and partly to protect those who are suspected of involvement in her disappearance. Until the evidence is followed and potential suspects eliminated, it’s dangerous to share more. If you have questions about the situation, feel free to PM me directly and ask. If a private sharing of info can help find my sister, then I have no objection to sharing more.”