According to the Haiti Libre newspaper, Eberwein was said to be in “good spirits,” with plans for the future.
When he clicked the link, it took him to a page with an image of a wooden duck and another cryptic message: "WOOPS just decoys this way.
Looks like you can't guess how to get the message out."When I ask Tekk how he felt upon seeing this riddle, he laughs and says, "It kind of rhymes with 'what the duck? "He was a leader and, like myself, a bit of a control freak," Marcus says.
' " He joined the conversation among the puzzle solvers on the IRC. And they were both already hooked on cracking the mystery.
With one click on the IRC link, Marcus said fuck it and went inside – not knowing what or whom he'd find. This is clear when someone accidentally drops a plate nearby us and Tekk, a pasty, scruffy 18-year-old with thick black hair and glasses, whips around in a panic. "I'm still a bit twitchy."The twitchiness began January 5th, 2012.
At the time, he was just another sheltered 15-year-old nerd in suburbia, webmaster for his high school paper, and an earnestly goofy coder (one of his sites allows visitors to send virtual fruit to one another).