Momo Traveling on Someone Else’s Dime

Momo lurks near the Common Pleas Courthouse in Cape Girardeau.

Momo lurks near the Common Pleas Courthouse in Cape Girardeau.

Andrew Stephens has washed his hands of Momo.

Furious about recent credit-card charges appearing on several of his accounts – coincidentally at all the places Momo has visited the past few weeks – Stephens has relinquished his Momo Tracker device. It’s now up to us to keep tabs on the Missouri Monster.

“I’m saying Momo’s name for the last time,” Stephens said today as he passed the proverbial baton to staff at the Missouri Division of Tourism. “I can’t believe he’s having a great time at my expense.”

In case you’re just tuning in and have no idea what’s happening here, this is what you’ve missed so far:

  • Momo is the Missouri monster, a beast known to wander Pike County in the northeast section of the state;
  • Stephens lives in Pike County and has had previous run-ins with the creature;
  • During a recent encounter, Stephens tagged Momo with a tracking device and has been plotting its movements around the Show-Me State;
  • Stephens realized he lost his wallet, and credit cards, not long after Momo started traveling south.

“The least he could’ve done was FedEx me some Missouri wine,” Stephens said as he left MDT’s office. “And he went to The Blue Owl without me. That’s just wrong.”

Andrew Stephens, mad at Momo

Andrew Stephens, mad at Momo

In the week since our last update, Momo has taken in quite a bit of the state’s history. He’s seen historic homes in Ste. Genevieve, visited Missouri State Parks, and, as Stephens mentioned, dined at places such as The Blue Owl in Kimmswick. As of this writing, it looks as though Momo’s in Cape Girardeau (see photo at top of page, taken outside the Common Pleas Courthouse).

Stephens told us the Momo Tracker and battery should hold out another week or so, depending on weather conditions. He also told MDT staffers to lose his phone number; he’s done assisting with our tracking efforts.

“I hope he stays gone,” Stephens said of Momo. “I don’t want to associate with him anymore. My money, his vacation. What a crock.”

To stay updated on Momo’s movements, check out our VisitMO Twitter feed and the VisitMO family of Twitter accounts. We’re using the hashtag MomoTracker (that’s #MomoTracker) to keep you posted.

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