ESSEX, Vt. — Police investigating the mysterious disappearance of a Vermont couple who went missing more than a month ago said Monday that they now suspect foul play, Essex Police Chief Brad LaRose said.
Authorities are considering the possibility that a third person may be involved in the disappearance of William and Lorraine Currier, of Essex, or that one of Curriers may have harmed the other, he said. A gun the couple bought recently is still missing, he said.
“This case is a whodunit while at this point, who done what?” he said.
The Curriers have been missing since June 8. Their car was found several days later in the parking lot of an apartment building, and forensic evidence gathered from their car and from their home is being analyzed, LaRose said.
Police continue to reach out to the public for clues. LaRose said people should notify police if they see anything suspicious, like discarded clothing, the ground being disturbed, or body fluid on leaves, LaRose said.
“I believe a member or two of the public knows more than what’s being shared as to the disappearance of the Curriers,” LaRose said. “Somebody knows something.”
Police now question the accuracy of a composite sketch of a man believed to have been driving the Curriers’ car after their disappearance, but police believe a witness did spot the vehicle.
Although the suspected foul play is believed to be an isolated incident related to the Curriers, LaRose urged the public to lock their doors and remain diligent about their own safety.
The Essex Police Department, which has been tightlipped about investigation, has consulted with the FBI and federal marshals, and Vermont State Police are heavily involved in the investigation, LaRose said. Police plan to conduct more ground searches, and expand them beyond the one-mile radius of the Currier’s home.
The Burlington Free Press has requested the release of search warrant material related to the police investigation but the Vermont Supreme Court ruled on Monday that the material remain sealed until the court considers an appeal by the state on why it should not be made public.
Relatives have offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the couple’s whereabouts.