WASHINGTON: Tale of the New West

On a lonely roadside seven miles from the town of Everett one day last week, a small boy waved down a passing motorist. Said eight-year-old Lee Crary solemnly: "I'm the boy they're looking for." Indeed, "they" were. For 3½ days more than 600 searchers—FBI agents, sheriff's deputies, airmen, Boy Scouts—had been frantically stalking a 20-square-mile section of the state. The Post Office had intercepted a crudely written ransom note demanding $10,000 in exchange for Lee Crary's return. Safe at last in the hands of FBI interrogators, Lee devoted 90 minutes to his excruciatingly detailed story.

He was throwing rocks...

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