Police: Foul play suspected in Currier disappearance
William and Lorraine Currier
Essex, Vermont - July 18, 2011
More than a month after an Essex couple mysteriously vanished from their home, police now say they have enough evidence to suspect foul play.
"A member or two or more of the public knows more than what's being shared as to the disappearance of the Curriers," said acting Essex Police Chief, Capt. Brad LaRose.
And for that reason Capt. LaRose says the department is withholding several critical details. "Perhaps there's perpetrators out there or associates of perpetrators."
Bill and Lorraine Currier mysteriously vanished from their Colbert Street home on June 8. The next day their car turned up abandoned at an apartment complex, less than a mile from their home. Forensic evidence was collected and now police say it points to something sinister.
"Foul play in the Currier case is suspected," Capt. LaRose said.
But what they don't know is what happened to the seemingly quiet, suburban couple -- including whether they're alive. Police are pursuing a number of theories, like whether one may have harmed the other or if a third party is involved."We don't have a crime scene that we know of," Capt. LaRose said. "This case is a who-done-it. Well at this point who-done-what really is what it is. So this case is very complicated."
And a shortage of clues isn't helping them crack the case. Investigators were unable to get a glimpse of the Curriers or the car on area surveillance footage. They haven't located the couple's missing gun, and now they're doubting an eyewitness' composite sketch of a man possibly seen driving that car. "We now believe it is not as credible or accurate as initially suggested," Capt. LaRose said.
Police do believe this is an isolated incident, but remind the public to remain vigilant. "Call the police department if you see any suspicious circumstances, but in particular lock your doors," Capt. LaRose said.
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