EDDINGTON, Maine — Law enforcement officials took a local couple in for medical evaluations and questioning Thursday morning after determining that their report of an intruder at their Hill Street home was unfounded, police said.
Multiple units from the Maine State Police and the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department went to 52 Hill St. around 9:30 a.m. after a call from Torianne Barrett reporting the presence of a man in an orange jumpsuit at the residence she shares with her husband, Abram Barrett.
After an extensive search of the property, including two nearby sheds, officers determined there had been no intruder, according to Deputy Daren Mason.
“We don’t believe there was anyone on the property,” Mason said.
Marie Giorgi, whose friend Crystal Swimm has lived next door to the Barretts for about a month, said the couple always has seemed pleasant.
“They seem like really decent people,” she said. But on Thursday, she said, both were agitated and appeared convinced that a man in a jumpsuit was hiding in a locked shed, even after police had searched it.
The Barrett couple are accomplished woodcarvers with a regular concession at area fairs and other events. Their business, Soul of Wood, features one-of-a-kind carved jewelry, utensils and sculpture. They have served as artists-in-residence at the Maine Discovery Museum in Bangor and recently led a workshop for children there.
On Thursday, their kiosk was set up in the front yard of their home.
Correction: An earlier version of this story contained a couple spelling errors. In one of the photo captions, Torianne Barrett, one of the people taken into custody, should be spelled Torianne not Torrianne. And in the story, Marie Giorgi, a friend of the Barretts' neighbor, should be spelled Giorgi not Georgi.