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(NEWSER) – A New York man was "shocked" when he learned that a home in Baltimore he owned had been razed by the city—illegally, he says—and he managed to get his case all the way to the Supreme Court. But as justices prepare to hear it, Bobby Chen is nowhere to be found, the Wall Street Journal reports. He convinced the court to hear his case in a partially handwritten petition, and he didn't offer a phone number; the email address he used has been shut down.

It would appear to be the first time something like this has happened, and the Journal did some investigating of its own, to little avail. When reporters went to the New York address where Chen said he lived, a man said he hadn't been around for "half a year"; the owner of that building didn't want to give out information unless she was subpoenaed.

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