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Police investigating China want ad lead in IMF shooting

Dan Morse

Detectives pursuing the former International Monetary Fund economist accused of shooting a colleague in Bethesda believe they have a promising lead: a want ad posted on a Chinese language web site.

Someone claiming the name of Mohau Mercy Mathibe advertised for a teaching job online on a site that appears to be used in part to find foreigners who want to teach in China.

Mathibe (Montgomery County Police).

Police have said Mathibe boarded a flight for China after trying to kill Ashoka Mody in October.

Detectives are calling the development a promising lead, according to a department spokesman. They think Mathibe, whose last known address is in Arlington, might be in China or his native South Africa.

It is unclear if the person looking for a job on the website is actually Mathibe. Part of the biographical information lines up, including the masters degree in economics. But the website lists his age as 34. Authorities earlier this week gave his age as 36.

The posting appears to have been created no later than August 24, 2009.

The posting reads: "I am a native English speaker from South Africa. I lived and worked in USA for 5 years. And I can teach English, Business, and Economics. I have a Masters Degree in Economics, Master of Business Administration, Bachelor of Commerce, and TESOL Certificate ..."

The post has been updated since it was first published.

-- Dan Morse

By Dan Morse  |  January 7, 2010; 11:20 AM ET
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