Cushing man had been alleged crime victim days before disappearance; $10,000 offered for information

Posted June 06, 2013, at 4:33 p.m.
Kevin Crute
Knox County Sheriff's Office
Kevin Crute

CUSHING, Maine — The home of Kevin Stone Crute, the Cushing man missing for more than two weeks, was broken into nine days before his disappearance. That incident culminated in a violent assault against a woman with Crute at home.

In addition, police announced Thursday afternoon that Crute’s family has offered a $10,000 reward for information on Crute’s whereabouts.

Nine days before Crute disappeared, the Knox County Sheriff’s Office arrested 48-year-old Steven E. Clarke of Owls Head for breaking into Crute’s home, assaulting a woman who was in the home, and breaking a window and lamp in the home. Police said Crute was at home during the incident but was not injured.

Clarke was charged with burglary, aggravated criminal trespass, felony domestic violence assault, and criminal mischief during the May 12 incident in Cushing. Clarke was released on $1,500 cash bail later that day. The conditions of bail is that he have no contact with Crute, the woman he is accused of assaulting, and another woman.

The Knox County District Attorney’s Office filed a motion May 20 to have Clarke’s bail revoked, arguing that while on bail for the May 12 offenses he was arrested again on May 18 for driving to endanger. The hearing to revoke bail is scheduled for June 24.

The investigation has been ongoing since Crute’s parents reported him missing May 25. He was last seen May 21 after he had been dropped off at Ande’s Variety on Route 1 in Warren by his mother. A friend then picked him up and reported dropping Crute off at his home on Cushing Road shortly after noon on May 21.

No one has reported any contact with Crute since then, which family and friends say is out of character. Family members told police he would call or be in contact with them by social media daily.

Knox County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Carroll said Thursday that there are no suspects in the disappearance of Crute, 31, because no evidence has been found that a crime occurred.

He said more than 70 people have been interviewed and those interviews are leading to more people being contacted.

The Maine State Police’s Major Crimes Unit was at Crute’s home in Cushing for two days after the investigation into his disappearance began but nothing has been found to indicate Crute’s whereabouts.

The sheriff’s department is working with state police, the Maine Warden Service and Maine Marine Patrol on the investigation.

Crute is described as a white male, 6 feet, 2 inches tall, weighing 200 pounds with red hair and blue eyes.

Police ask if anyone has seen Crute since last Tuesday or knows his whereabouts to contact the Knox County Regional Communications Center at 593-9132.

Carroll also said that people with direct information as to Crute’s location are encouraged to contact the Knox County Communications Center but may also contact the law offices of Cohen and Cohen on Main Street in Waldoboro at 832-5363. The law firm represents the Crute family. The firm will be assisting in distributing information to the family and also with determining reward eligibility for the $10,000 reward.

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