Kotakuinaction  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Kotakuinaction  RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network American McGee's sister is still missing; he thanks GamerGate for raising money https://www.gameskinny.com/ciii1/american-mcgees-sister-is-still-missing-he-thanks-gamergate-for-raising-money https://www.gameskinny.com/ciii1/american-mcgees-sister-is-still-missing-he-thanks-gamergate-for-raising-money Thu, 25 Feb 2016 05:18:07 -0500 David Fisher

Over 3 months ago, American McGee's sister, Mercy Covington, was declared missing by the famous developer. Not long after that, McGee stated that he was in the process of vetting a private investigation agency after the Dallas Police Department made little ground in finding the missing woman. It is now 3 months later, and Mercy is still nowhere to be found. Now Dallas PD has informed American McGee that foul play may be suspected.

According to this tweet posted just yesterday, McGee has reaffirmed that his sister is still missing. In an attempt to speed up the process of possibly finding her, the family has now turned to crowdfunding to help build up the money required to continue paying their private investigator. According to the GoFundMe page:

Our family has been desperately searching for MERCY COVINGTON since she went MISSING on Tuesday, November 10th 2015.  Dallas PD has not been able to dedicate the time required as they are extremely overloaded and greatly understaffed.  So we have hired a private investigator to assist them in their ongoing investigation.  Unfortunately, reputable and effective private investigators are not cheap and we are running out of funds.  TIME is of the essence as Dallas PD believes that Mercy may be in SEVERE DANGER or has been a victim of FOULPLAY.  We are asking for your help.  Any contribution would be immensely appreciated!  We have already suffered the devastating loss of our youngest sibling in May 2015 and are praying for answers in Mercy's disappearance.   THANK YOU for your HELP!

An update on the page also states the following:

Thank you all so very much for your kindness and generosity! We appreciate your support immensely. We have been collecting new information daily. Due to the sensitive nature of this situation, we are unable to divulge details at this time. We can, however, tell you that we are awaiting results from multiple forensic tests and should receive them in the next week or so. We will keep you posted on progress as much as possible. Thanks again for your donations!

For those who do not know, American McGee suspects a GamerGate opponent of kidnapping his sister. These suspicions arise from multiple posts by a single GamerGate naysayer who harassed McGee with threatening messages involving his sister. American McGee has been a long-time supporter of GamerGate - if only at arm's length.

In more recent tweets, McGee has praised GamerGaters for their efforts in helping him find his sister while simultaneously attacking others for doing nothing.

So far, GamerGate members, family, and friends seem to be the bulk of the donations to McGee's GoFundMe page. At of the time of writing, the fund has reached $3,000 of its $5,000 goal in just 6 days. If you would like to help American McGee's mother search for his missing sister, you can donate money to the cause via the GoFundMe page.

Follow up: American McGee's sister disappearance https://www.gameskinny.com/cqcg7/follow-up-american-mcgees-sister-disappearance https://www.gameskinny.com/cqcg7/follow-up-american-mcgees-sister-disappearance Mon, 07 Dec 2015 19:52:24 -0500 David Fisher

Last week, American McGee went public with news of his sister's disappearance. According to McGee, his sister was last seen being dropped off at her home in November, but he had not heard from her since. Since the Dallas Police Department was hesitant to put any resources forward, McGee turned to social media for aid.

"They've told Mercy's mother, 'Go look for her on your own.'"
-American McGee, via Facebook

Since then, McGee's Facebook has flooded with support - particularly by Gamergate members. Unfortunately, the local police have only responded poorly to the increased attention. According to McGee, the police believe that Mercy ran off on her own, and that there is no reason for further investigation - despite 30 days of absence, death threats which included personal information, and suspicious evidence found at her home.

"All of her bedding was removed from the bed and taken away. It's vanished. It's suspected someone took it to hide something. A suspicious SMS was also sent from Mercy's cell phone to her mother - apparently someone pretending to be Mercy."

-American McGee, Facebook

According to American McGee, the person who sent the death threats to him has had a strong history of being an anti-Gamergate subscriber, and while the connection between the threats and disappearance are not clear, it is clear that this is the first threat made to him that mentioned his sister by name. McGee has also made it clear that he does not wish to make this a political situation. He cares little for the anti-Gamergate or Gamergate situation, and wishes only for his sister's return. His mentions of either side of the Gamergate debate are - as he states - to make the search "easier" for those looking for her. He also wishes that the Dallas PD would take Mercy's disappearance more seriously.

As of today (December 7th, 2015), Mercy is still missing. McGee made the following post on his Facebook page:


To everyone who has helped spread awareness about the disappearance of Mercy Covington, I want to say, Thank You. You're...

Posted by American McGee on Sunday, December 6, 2015

In this post, McGee states that the Dallas Police Department has finally increased its efforts in investigating the case of Mercy's disappearance, and it also lists his letter to begin a vetting process toward hiring a P.I. agency. In an earlier post he also mentioned that he started a Facebook page dedicated to Mercy's disappearance which can be found here.

While the situation itself has not developed much, and McGee is holding plenty of information close to his chest for the sake of his sister's safety, Gamergate has heard the message. According to /r/KotakuinAction, Gamergate members have launched an effort to get this news into the press. In the thread, pro-Gamergate moderators have made it their goal to get Mercy home safe. Among their current goals are:

  • Get the press aware of the situation, and that nothing is being done about it
  • Get the Department of Justice involved with the officers not doing their job
  • Keep using the #findmercy hashtag to get it trending
  • Keep pressuring the DPD and the Dallas FBI

The thread also lists various contact informations for news groups, law enforcement agencies, and others.

On the surface, Gamergate certainly seems to be living up to their pledge of breaking down the biases of the media - which certainly seems to be the case here, as I am one of the few reporters who are fully covering this story. Many sites that have been known to focus on the Gamergate controversy have made no mention of this case, of anti-Gamergate or its alleged actions, which could be seen as a direct bias of these groups. Meanwhile anti-Gamergate has continued to harass McGee on Facebook through the comments, claiming this has been fabricated.

The situation is certainly looking bleak, and I hope that McGee's sister can return home in one piece. We can only hope that the passing days will reveal more information as to Mercy's whereabouts. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for future updates, as I will continue to follow this story every week as it progresses.