Mysterious game has occupants finding $100 and $50 bills all through Miramichi.
A peculiar and invigorating mystery has held the city of Miramichi, coaxing occupants out of their homes and into fields and forests, at times in broad daylight, and at other times in the dead of night.
They’re following secretive clues that are posted on a Facebook group named Miramichi Mystery Machine, hot on the path of exactly the same thing: $100 and $50 bills that have been hidden all around the northern New Brunswick city.
The game started six days prior with the making of the Mystery Machine group and just one clue: ‘May 1, 7 P.M. $100 concealed at Ritchie Wharf.’
Many occupants rushed to the wharf and the cash was found in practically no time.
From that point forward, the maker of the baffling game posts a clue daily, and the quantity of members has expanded to hundreds. The pieces of information have grown more eerie, frequently including scary, voice-distorted recordings or photographs of scenes from a horror flick.
Sometimes, the mystery poster offers remarks that recommend the person in question is watching the trackers as they look for the money. “Checkered shirt. U are not close by any means.” “Yellow hoodie is in the ballpark.” “Savannah, how did you get so smart?”
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This is causing the trackers to get engaged more and more.
The Facebook bunch that at first had recently had a modest bunch of members flaunted more than 700 by Friday night, with the numbers ascending continuously. Nobody is certain who is behind the hidden cash game. In any case, pretty much everybody is enchanted by it.
Tim Sutton has been in on the game every step of the way and says it has caused an ‘extraordinary’ buzz among the city’s inhabitants.
“This has been the most exciting week in Miramichi in a long time,” Sutton told CBC News. “I’m still excited from today’s game and cannot sit still.”
Sutton said he hasn’t tracked down any of the money yet, however, says it’s truly serious regarding the local area holding and the adventure of the pursuit.
“Since this began, I’ve made many new friends and also old friends whom I haven’t seen in a long time,” he said. “Everyone helps each other out while trying not to divulge all their secrets. … My turn is coming tomorrow!”
Amanda Rolph and her husband, Dave, have additionally been out on the cash chase consistently. Rolph said they had some serious doubts from the start, and, surprisingly, discussed whether the game was a trick. Yet, as players started posting remarks about their hunt, and photographs of their successes, they were attracted.
On day three, they hit the jackpot.
They saw that the first clue – a photograph from the 1980s blood and gore movie Prom Night with Jamie Lee Curtis – had a setting that seemed to be the previous Harkins Elementary School. A couple of additional hints followed and “we started to sort of figure out what the location was,” so they made a beeline for the outdated, Rolph told CBC’s Maritime Noon.
At that point, many individuals were beginning to make an appearance “because they also had started to figure it out,” she said.
After hunting for a while, they ran home to check for additional clues, but Rolph’s daughter was getting antsy.
“She was like bouncing, she was like, ‘Let’s go, let’s go, I’m going without you if you don’t come.'”
So they went back to the scene, and another hint was posted reading ‘Leave no stone unturned.’
Rolph said her husband, Dave, flipped over a stone that he had kicked, “and sure enough, it was there. And then everybody knew we had found it because there was a loud roar.”
So, who is concealing many dollars around the city? Also, why? These are great inquiries, to which practically nobody in Miramichi has replied. The Facebook page’s creator goes by the name Roman Dungarvan, and notes in his profile that he is offering to set things straight for his family’s unpleasant past, a reference to an apparition tale about a supposed nineteenth century murder on New Brunswick’s Dungarvon River.
His profile picture shows a dark hoodie worn by what seems to be a faceless ghost. Yet, for all of his love of horror-movie clues and shadowy dramatization, he appears to be sort of kind.
He asks the cash trackers to be cautious, over and over reminding them no cash has been concealed in trash bins or around broken glass. He reminds them to “be respectful” of private property. He conveys empowering comments. Also, obviously, there’s the way that he’s offering money, and loads of it. The last portion of the game, to be held one week from now on Friday the thirteenth, will have a greater-than-usual payday, Dungarvan has said on Facebook.
“It sort of ties together social media and being active,” getting people outside and socializing, Rolph said. “I think it’s absolutely wonderful what they’ve done.”