A big break in the search for a missing couple from Essex.
Bill and Lorraine Currier were last seen Wednesday night. The mystery of the missing Essex couple -- took police to the Pearl Street apartments Friday evening.
"We have located the vehicle. The Curriers are still missing and we are following several leads," said Capt. Brad LaRose, of the Essex Police Department.
The scene – is just a five minute drive from Bill and Lorraine Currier's Colbert Street home. Detectives taped off a dumpster in the back of the complex and questioned residents.
"An officer just asked me when I left this morning did I see a car parked over by the dumpster," said Kim Murray, an Essex resident.
Murray didn't recall seeing the Currier's dark green Saturn sedan -- but her daughter did. Police moved the car to an undisclosed location for processing. They won't say if there was anything suspicious. Murray asked police if this was connected to the missing Essex couple -- afraid for her own safety.
"Well I kind of joked and said there's not some murder scene going on and he kinda said, ‘Well no but it's something that we're investigating,'" Murray explained.
Police won't comment yet if this is murder or if they even suspect foul play. But they are calling the couple's mysterious disappearance suspicious. Police say a garage window was smashed -- and it appeared that they left in a hurry, leaving behind crucial medications.
They haven't showed up for work since Wednesday. Lorraine works for Fletcher Allen and Bill at UVM. Their employers say this is uncharacteristic. Ruth Blauwiekel, a colleague of Bill explains, "He comes to work with his wife and goes home with her. They carpool. That's the other thing that was so odd because he's always the first person in and he just wasn't here."
Another piece of the puzzle that just doesn't fit. So a community is left wondering what happened to the quiet, predictable couple that lived next door.
Essex Police want to hear from any one who may have seen the Currier's car.
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