‘He killed my father’ says sister of man wanted in connection with Newport slaying

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)
Posted Oct. 29, 2009, at 10:18 a.m.
Last modified March 30, 2011, at 11:05 a.m.
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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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  • 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)   (WEB EDITION PHOTO)
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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) (WEB EDITION PHOTO)
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Acting on a tip that a man was seen nearby, State Police search a property and buildings on the Pratt Road in Newport.  A massive manhunt for Perley Goodrich, Jr. continued all of Tuesday after he allegedly shot and killed his father on the Rutland Road in Newport Monday night.  (Bangor Daily News photo by Scott Haskell)   (WEB EDITION PHOTO)
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    CAPTION Acting on a tip that a man was seen nearby, State Police search a property and buildings on the Pratt Road in Newport. A massive manhunt for Perley Goodrich, Jr. continued all of Tuesday after he allegedly shot and killed his father on the Rutland Road in Newport Monday night. (Bangor Daily News photo by Scott Haskell) (WEB EDITION PHOTO)
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A caravan of State Police tactical team vehicles travel on the Rutland Road in Newport as a massive manhunt continued through the day Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009 for Perley Goodrich Jr, who allegedly shot and kiilled his father Monday night (Bangor Daily News photo by Scott Haskell)   (WEB EDITION PHOTO)
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    CAPTION A caravan of State Police tactical team vehicles travel on the Rutland Road in Newport as a massive manhunt continued through the day Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009 for Perley Goodrich Jr, who allegedly shot and kiilled his father Monday night (Bangor Daily News photo by Scott Haskell) (WEB EDITION PHOTO)
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Maine State Police officials including Lt. Jackie Theriault (right) continue their investigation at 146 Rutland Road in Newport on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009, where a shooting occured late Monday night. Police identified the victim as Perley Goodrich Sr., 76, and are still searching for his son Perley Goodrich Jr., who resided with his two parents, for questioning. Police officials say Goodrich is considered to be armed and dangerous and is asking anyone who has contact with him to call State Police in Orono. (Bangor Daily News/Bridget Brown)    (WEB EDITION PHOTO)
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    CAPTION Maine State Police officials including Lt. Jackie Theriault (right) continue their investigation at 146 Rutland Road in Newport on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009, where a shooting occured late Monday night. Police identified the victim as Perley Goodrich Sr., 76, and are still searching for his son Perley Goodrich Jr., who resided with his two parents, for questioning. Police officials say Goodrich is considered to be armed and dangerous and is asking anyone who has contact with him to call State Police in Orono. (Bangor Daily News/Bridget Brown) (WEB EDITION PHOTO)
    State Police there have been no confirmed sightings of Perley Goodrich.  State and Newport Police, along with  Penobscot Sheriff's deputies increased patrols in Newport during the night and responded to about a half dozen calls from residents reporting suspicious incidents or persons, but none of those calls turned out to be related to Goodrich.  Police are continuing with additional patrols in the Newport area today.   State Police detectives continue to gather evidence from the Goodrich house today and an autopsy begin this morning at the State Medical Examiner's Office on the body of Perley Goodrich Sr.  There is no change in the condition of Sandra Goodrich, who remains hospitalized.  State Police issued an updated photo of Goodrich, taken in the past few weeks.
    State Police there have been no confirmed sightings of Perley Goodrich. State and Newport Police, along with Penobscot Sheriff's deputies increased patrols in Newport during the night and responded to about a half dozen calls from residents reporting suspicious incidents or persons, but none of those calls turned out to be related to Goodrich. Police are continuing with additional patrols in the Newport area today. State Police detectives continue to gather evidence from the Goodrich house today and an autopsy begin this morning at the State Medical Examiner's Office on the body of Perley Goodrich Sr. There is no change in the condition of Sandra Goodrich, who remains hospitalized. State Police issued an updated photo of Goodrich, taken in the past few weeks.

    NEWPORT, Maine — Perley Goodrich Jr., who is wanted for questioning in connection with the shooting death of his father Monday night, had been in a psychiatric hospital the day of the attack, according to Nancy Watson, his sister.

    “Right after my brother was released from the hospital he went home and killed my father,” Watson said Thursday during a brief interview with the Bangor Daily News.

    Watson said her mother, Sandra Goodrich, 64, took Goodrich Jr., 45, to Sebasticook Valley Hospital in Pittsfield on Monday because she feared Goodrich Jr. would become violent.

    “My mother knew something was wrong with him,” Watson said. “This shouldn’t have happened.”

    Terry Vieira, vice president of operations for Sebasticook Valley Hospital, said Goodrich Jr. was at the hospital on Sunday, not Monday.

    “[Goodrich Jr.] has not been seen at Sebasticook Valley Hospital since Sunday, Oct. 25 at about 4 p.m., at which time he was transferred by ambulance to another health care facility,” said Vieira in a prepared statement relayed to the Bangor Daily News by a hospital spokeswoman. “Because of federal and state confidentiality laws, we are prohibited from discussing or disclosing any information about his diagnosis or treatment at this facility. We are also prohibited from disclosing the facility to which he was transferred or the reason for the transfer.”

    When asked, Watson said she believed her brother had been moved from Sebasticook Valley Hospital to a “mental hospital” in Bangor.

    Spokespeople at Acadia Hospital and Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center, two Bangor facilities that specialize in mental health treatment, told the Bangor Daily News Thursday that they couldn’t provide any information about whether Goodrich Jr. was or wasn’t a patient at any time.

    Another person, Larry Drayall of Camden, who knows the Goodrich family because he was once married to a relative of Sandra Goodrich, said he also heard from family members that Goodrich Jr. had been taken to a psychiatric hospital in Bangor.

    “I was quite shocked about all of this,” said Drayall, who blames the mental health system for failing to avert Monday’s tragedy. “I’d heard that Perley had been having outbursts of anger.”

    Although it was unclear under what circumstances Goodrich Jr. left medical care, Watson also blamed the mental health system for releasing her brother in such a dangerous condition.

    “My mother said she feared for her safety,” Watson said.

    “Maybe if more people had taken my mother more seriously, this wouldn’t have happened,” said a visibly distraught Watson as police continued their search Thursday for Goodrich Jr.

    Goodrich Jr. has been missing since Monday night’s attack, which occurred at about 11:40 p.m. Police found the 76-year-old Perley Goodrich Sr. dead in the family’s 146 Rutland Road home, and Sandra Goodrich, who also was attacked Monday night, is recovering from severe wounds to her head and face, according to police.

    Investigators believe Goodrich Jr., fled in the family’s minivan toting more than one firearm. They found the minivan at about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, but have yet to locate the man.

    The search intensified Wednesday afternoon when an officer on patrol near the end of Pratt Road said someone crossed the trail ahead of him. Authorities called off the search at about 3 a.m. Thursday without having turned up any sign of Goodrich Jr. or the person seen by the officer. Cruisers and SUVs from various law enforcement agencies continued to maintain stepped up patrols in the northern Newport area throughout the day Thursday

    The area that was searched is popular with deer hunters, prompting authorities to appeal to them for help in identifying anything suspicious or out of the ordinary. Maine’s deer season for firearms begins Saturday.

    Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety, said Thursday evening that Goodrich Jr. was still at large. Asked what authorities will do next, McCausland declined to discuss strategy.

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