Crack This (Real) Murder Mystery

Are you good at cryptography? Then the FBI wants to hear from you - they've just released a code that may just solve a 12-year-old murder case:

On June 30, 1999, police in St. Louis found the body of Rick McCormick, 41, who had been murdered and dumped in a field. The only clues the FBI found about the time leading up to his death came in the form of two pieces of paper in his pants pocket: Handwritten on the scraps were 30 lines of numbers and letters grouped into several sections.

After 12 years of trying to untangle the cryptographic mess, investigators from the FBI's Cryptanalysis and Racketeering Records Unit and the American Cryptogram Association are throwing up their hands.

This is where you come in.

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For what it's worth:

"TFRNE" is repeated twice on page 1. "TRSE" twice in a row in second section of Page 2.

Lots and lots of E's--the most common letter in the English language. Lots of words ending in E, and especially SE.
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