Manhunt continues in mid-Maine

Scott Hudson of Plymouth, a meat cutter at Bear's One-Stop in Newport, said he and other co-workers saw the brother of suspect Perley Goodrich Jr. in their store on Tuesday. The brother said he was on his way to the hospital where Goodrich's mother was recovering from the wounds she sustained Monday night at the the family's home on the Rutland Road in Newport. State police continued to process the crime scene at the Goodrich family's home on Rutland Road in Newport Wednesday afternoon, October 28, 2009. (Bangor Daily News/John Clarke Russ)
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Scott Hudson of Plymouth, a meat cutter at Bear's One-Stop in Newport, said he and other co-workers saw the brother of suspect Perley Goodrich Jr. in their store on Tuesday. The brother said he was on his way to the hospital where Goodrich's mother was recovering from the wounds she sustained Monday night at the the family's home on the Rutland Road in Newport. State police continued to process the crime scene at the Goodrich family's home on Rutland Road in Newport Wednesday afternoon, October 28, 2009. (Bangor Daily News/John Clarke Russ)
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Members of the state police tactical team wait on the Pratt Road in Newport as other officers search a property and building on the Pratt Road in Newport, as a massive manhunt continued through the day Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009 for Perley Goodrich, Jr., who allegedly shot and killed his father on the Rutland Road in Newport Monday night.  (Bangor Daily News photo by Scott Haskell)

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  • Dave Brown of Corinna, a saleperson at Aubuchon Hardware in Newport, talks with the BDN Wednesday about the town's reaction to Monday night's homicide at the Goodrich family's home on the Rutland Road. " I think when they find him [suspect Perley Goodrich Jr.], he's going to be dead. It's just a gut feeling." In the background of the photo is store manager Pete Biron (CQ) of Bangor. (Bangor Daily News/John Clarke Russ)
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    Dave Brown of Corinna, a saleperson at Aubuchon Hardware in Newport, talks with the BDN Wednesday about the town's reaction to Monday night's homicide at the Goodrich family's home on the Rutland Road. " I think when they find him [suspect Perley Goodrich Jr.], he's going to be dead. It's just a gut feeling." In the background of the photo is store manager Pete Biron (CQ) of Bangor. (Bangor Daily News/John Clarke Russ)
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Maine State Police Trooper Brenda Coolen (center) stops traffic on the Rutland Road off Route 222 in Newport on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009 while the road was closed for a manhunt that was underway for Perley Goodrich Jr., 45, who lives on that road with his two parents. Goodrich is wanted for questioning in connection with the shooting of his father, Perley Goodrich Sr., 76, which took place late Monday night at the Goodrich home at 146 Rutland Road in Newport. (Bangor Daily News/Bridget Brown)
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    (BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY BRIDGET BROWN) CAPTION Maine State Police Trooper Brenda Coolen (center) stops traffic on the Rutland Road off Route 222 in Newport on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009 while the road was closed for a manhunt that was underway for Perley Goodrich Jr., 45, who lives on that road with his two parents. Goodrich is wanted for questioning in connection with the shooting of his father, Perley Goodrich Sr., 76, which took place late Monday night at the Goodrich home at 146 Rutland Road in Newport. (Bangor Daily News/Bridget Brown)
    Sgt. Troy Gardner of the state police's criminal investigation division 3 provided scant details to the media as the investigators continued to process the crime scene at the Goodrich family's home on Rutland Road in Newport Wednesday afternoon, October 28, 2009. As of early Wednesday afternoon, police were still searching for suspect Perley Goodrich Jr.(Bangor Daily News/John Clarke Russ)
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    Sgt. Troy Gardner of the state police's criminal investigation division 3 provided scant details to the media as the investigators continued to process the crime scene at the Goodrich family's home on Rutland Road in Newport Wednesday afternoon, October 28, 2009. As of early Wednesday afternoon, police were still searching for suspect Perley Goodrich Jr.(Bangor Daily News/John Clarke Russ)
    (BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY BRIDGET BROWN)



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Law enforcement officials including (from left) Penobscot County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Troy Morton, Maine State Police Lt. Wes Hussey and Maine State Police Lt. Jackie Theriault talk to the media in Newport on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009 about their search for Perley Goodrich Jr., 45, who is wanted for questioning in connection with the shooting of his father, Perley Goodrich Sr., 76, both of Newport. They said Goodrich had abandoned a mini-van in the area and that more than one weapon was missing from the family's home. (Bangor Daily News/Bridget Brown)
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    (BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY BRIDGET BROWN) CAPTION Law enforcement officials including (from left) Penobscot County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Troy Morton, Maine State Police Lt. Wes Hussey and Maine State Police Lt. Jackie Theriault talk to the media in Newport on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009 about their search for Perley Goodrich Jr., 45, who is wanted for questioning in connection with the shooting of his father, Perley Goodrich Sr., 76, both of Newport. They said Goodrich had abandoned a mini-van in the area and that more than one weapon was missing from the family's home. (Bangor Daily News/Bridget Brown)
    Members of the Maine State Police tactical team gear up at a staging area on Smith Road in Corinna as they respond to another possible siting of suspect Perley Goodrich Jr. late Wednesday afternoon. A man was seen  along a road in the vicinity of the Pratt and Smith Roads around 3 p.m. Wednesday. (Bangor Daily News/John Clarke Russ)
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    Members of the Maine State Police tactical team gear up at a staging area on Smith Road in Corinna as they respond to another possible siting of suspect Perley Goodrich Jr. late Wednesday afternoon. A man was seen along a road in the vicinity of the Pratt and Smith Roads around 3 p.m. Wednesday. (Bangor Daily News/John Clarke Russ)

    NEWPORT, Maine — The search for a man wanted for questioning in connection with his father’s death continued Wednesday as authorities sought clues to his whereabouts and urged residents in the area to remain cautious.

    As of late Wednesday evening there had still been no confirmed sightings of Perley Goodrich Jr., 45, who has been missing since late Monday night. Goodrich Jr.’s 76-year-old father, Perley Goodrich Sr., was found dead by police, who responded to a report of shots fired at the residence at about 11:40 p.m. Monday.

    Goodrich Jr.’s mother, Sandra Goodrich, 64, also was assaulted during Monday’s attack. She is recovering from serious but non-life-threatening injuries, according to police. Authorities have said Goodrich Jr. was the only other person in the home at the time of the shooting.

    After Tuesday’s exhaustive search, investigators had been waiting for a lead about Goodrich Jr.’s whereabouts. At about 3 p.m. Wednesday, an officer on an all-terrain vehicle, who was patrolling woods roads near the end of Pratt Road, saw a man cross the trail ahead of him, according to a press release from the Maine Depart-ment of Public Safety.

    Dozens of law enforcement officers converged on the area roughly between the ends of Pratt and Smith roads near the Newport and Corinna town line. Both roads are sparsely populated and deteriorate into soggy, overgrown trails. The same area, along with others, was searched extensively on Tuesday.

    Authorities believe Goodrich Jr. left the scene of the attack in a green Chrysler Town and Country minivan, which they later found parked alongside Clark Hill Road about a mile or so from the location searched late Wednesday.

    Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland called the sighting “the best lead we’ve had so far,” but stressed that it was an “unconfirmed sighting,” which means authorities are unsure whether it was the person they are searching for.

    Officers from several agencies, who were already in the area investigating the crime, began the search and were reinforced as dark fell by the Maine State Police Tactical Team. The now-familiar sight of a circling search airplane from the border patrol continued into the night.

    Anne Wagner, who lives at the end of Pratt Road, said she doesn’t know the Goodrich family very well but has seen Perley Goodrich Jr. over the years walking and bicycling past her house to the woods trails beyond.

    “I didn’t sleep at all last night, that’s for sure,” she said. “Everything’s locked up tighter than a drum.”

    Meanwhile, the town of Newport was abuzz Wednesday with talk of the shooting death and speculation about where Goodrich Jr. might be.

    Bill Pelkey, owner of The Dog House Drive-in in Newport, said some people think Goodrich Jr. is “hunkered down” somewhere in the woods, perhaps in a cave or other structure where he had previously stashed food and supplies.

    “I’ve heard that two times today,” said Pelkey.

    At Bear’s One-Stop, the killing had been discussed by customers and employees all day, said meat cutter Scott Hudson of Plymouth. The buzz was fueled Tuesday when a man resembling Goodrich Jr. visited the store to buy a bottle of hard alcohol.

    “We thought it was him so the owner called police,” said Hudson. “They came and showed a picture. It wasn’t [Goodrich Jr.].”

    Hudson said employees of the store, based on statements made by the man, believe he was Kenneth Goodrich, Perley Goodrich Jr.’s older brother.

    “He said he’d just left the house before [the shooting] happened,” said Pelkey.

    David Brown of Corinna, a salesman at Aubuchon Hardware, said many customers say they’re “on edge” because Goodrich Jr. hasn’t been apprehended. Brown has his own theory about Goodrich Jr.

    “I think when they find him, he’s going to be dead,” said Brown. “It’s just a gut feeling.”

    Newport Town Manager James Ricker repeated what he told the Bangor Daily News on Tuesday.

    “People are still very worried that he hasn’t been apprehended,” said Ricker.

    McCausland said that a total of about 40 officers from local, state and county police as well as from the Maine Warden Service were involved in the search Wednesday night.

    “They’ll likely continue the search for another few hours and then reassess the situation,” said McCausland at about 8:30 p.m. At 10:30 they were still searching.

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