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'Moss Man' is missing!

OK, so this is more of a crime story than a gardening story, but how could I resist when so many readers have written to me in search of advice for their own moss problems?

Authorities in Oregon, who have dubbed Gregory Liascos or Portland "Moss Man," say he has failed to show up for his trial, and now a warrant has been issued for his arrest, according to a report Thursday morning from The Associated Press.

Liascos, 36, earned the nickname last October after police say he was arrested outside the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals. He was wearing a "ghillie" camouflage suit, which he allegedly used to blend in with the natural surroundings where he was -- allegedly -- hiding. The suit, which Liascos is seen wearing in the photo above, does a fine job of making him look like a mound of moss, wouldn't you say?

And it almost worked, too: Police say Liascos had cut a hole in a museum wall and was trying to break in. When called to the scene, they found no one, but when their police dog began nipping at the ground, a closer look revealed the ground actually was Liascos in a head-to-toe camouflage suit. Ghillie suits often are used by military snipers to blend in with vegetative surroundings.

Liascos later said the whole thing was a mix-up, and that the outfit was a Halloween costume from his kids. Maybe his disappearance Wednesday was a Halloween prank as well, for old time's sake.

AP Photo: "Moss Man," Gregory Liascos, 36, of Portland, Ore., is accused of burglary and hiding in a field nearby while wearing a "Ghillie" camouflage suit that made him look like a mound of moss. (Oct. 14, 2010)