Bucksport police are looking for a woman who has gone missing after her house caught fire.
Aza Jerome Vasylyk, 56, was last seen Monday, Nov. 11, at her house on Town Farm Road, according to a post on the Bucksport Police Department’s Facebook page. She has been missing since her house was damaged in a fire, according to the department.
She may have left the house on foot, but police are not sure which direction she may have gone. Originally from Ukraine, Vasylyk does not fluently speak English and may be timid if approached, police said.
According to a report in the Ellsworth American weekly newspaper, an official with the town’s fire department said the fire started in an outbuilding on the property and caused an estimated $50,000 in damage to the house.
The American also reported that the owner of the house and Vasylyk’s husband, Timothy Jerome, 61, was arrested on charges of refusing to submit and obstructing government administration after he allegedly refused to “comply with some of our demands and had to be removed,” Sean Geagan, the town’s public safety director, told the newspaper. Timothy Jerome has since been released on bail from Hancock County Jail in Ellsworth, according to jail records.
Samantha Jerome Bishop, Timothy’s daughter and Vasylyk’s stepdaughter, describes her stepmother as “a gifted artist, skilled gardener and a strong hard worker.” Bishop said she worries about her stepmother being exposed to the cold weather.
Vasylyk was featured in the Ellsworth American in April 2018 for the Ukrainian cooking class she taught for Bucksport Adult Education. She married Timothy Jerome in 2013, the American reported. That’s when she became a full-time Bucksport resident, according to the newspaper.
The couple takes frequent trips to Ukraine to visit Vasylyk’s son and two brothers, the newspaper reported.
Anyone who may have seen Vasylyk is asked to contact the Bucksport Police Department at 207-469-7951 or their local law enforcement agency.
Bangor Daily News reporter Hailey Bryant contributed to this report.