Police expand search for missing Essex couple - WCAX.COM Local Vermont News, Weather and Sports-

Police expand search for missing Essex couple

Bill and Lorraine Currier Bill and Lorraine Currier

Essex, Vermont - August 4, 2011

Six search teams splintered off to a dozen new back roads and wooded lots in Essex. They're hoping to find any trace of Bill and Lorraine Currier. The couple has been missing since June 9.

"The further we go along in time with not being able to locate them or not knowing where they are, the more concerned we become that they may not be alive," Essex Police Capt. Brad LaRose said.

LaRose says this is the fifth organized search, but the first that lies outside the previous 1-mile search radius. Unlike grid searches where teams stand shoulder to shoulder, these crews are fanning out to cover more area in less time and they're hoping cadaver dogs, like Sadie, will be able to pick up clues humans can't.

"They're trained to clear the area so if she doesn't make a find in a specific 40-acre area I'm in, that means the person is not there and we can move on to the next area," said Mike Halpin of New England Canine Search and Rescue.

"It's alarming," said Janice Ackerman who lives next to the search area.

Ackerman watched as investigators scoured her street. She says the couple's disappearance from this quiet community is shocking.

"It is cause for concern. You hate to see anything like that happen to anybody," Ackerman said.

But that's why this case is still such a mystery-- police don't know exactly what happened to them. Investigators haven't determined whether the couple was forced from their home or went willingly. But the evidence points to foul play.

The couple's car ended up next to a Dumpster at the Pearl Street Apartments, less than a mile from their home. But police now say they've discovered the Curriers had their car serviced just days before they vanished and there's actually 40 miles unaccounted for.

"So that's an indicator to us that potentially we're dealing with a much wider radius than one mile," LaRose said.

He says there's no evidence pointing to a second vehicle being involved, but they're also not ruling out the possibility. And while foot searches are helpful, police say digging deep into the Curriers' personal pasts may end up cracking the case. About 120 leads have surfaced over the past two months, but nothing substantial has panned out. LaRose remains convinced someone knows more than they're saying.

"At least one or two of this society that has information that they haven't shared with us that's critical to the case," he said.

Unfortunately the search did not turn up any new evidence, but police may have a DNA lead. Last month they sent a sample to an unnamed government lab. Some results are back and it looks promising, but police say they need to ship out additional samples before they can share with us what's being tested and what that may mean for the case.

Jennifer Reading - WCAX News

Related Stories:

Outside DNA test ordered for missing Essex couple

Police: Foul play suspected in Currier disappearance

One month later, couple's disappearance still a mystery

Tribute to missing Essex couple

Documents in Currier case to remain sealed

Decision raises ante in public information request

Police launch another search for missing Essex couple

Investigators probe disappearance of Essex couple

Reward offered in Essex missing couple case

Sketch brings tips on missing Essex couple

Police release sketch of man seen driving missing couple's car

Police K-9 teams search Essex woods

Essex couple's relatives plea for help

Police want info about missing couple's car

Police find missing Essex couple's car

Police: Missing Essex couple's disappearance suspicious

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • The inside scoop on your morning cup

    The inside scoop on your morning cup

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 8:18 AM EDT2014-04-16 12:18:49 GMT
    Morning show guest Eric Svensson from Coffee Lab International talks all about coffee.More >>
    Eric Svensson from Coffee Lab International shares information.More >>
  • Books Over Breakfast : Starting with a Destination in Mind

    Books Over Breakfast : Starting with a Destination in Mind

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 8:15 AM EDT2014-04-16 12:15:52 GMT
    Debt-free. Wealthy. With money set aside for retirement. What all of us want, right? Author Philip Spilane explains how it can be done. His book, "Starting with a destination in Mind."More >>
    Author Philip Spillane talks about "Starting with a Destination in Mind."More >>
  • Snowmobile season officially ends

    Snowmobile season officially ends

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 1:08 AM EDT2014-04-16 05:08:12 GMT
    Today marks the end of the snowmobile season. The Vermont Association of Snow Travelers reports a banner year with the best riding conditions in years. VAST says next year snowmobilers will be able toMore >>
    Today marks the end of the snowmobile season. The Vermont Association of Snow Travelers reports a banner year with the best riding conditions in years. VAST says next year snowmobilers will be able toMore >>
  • A big honor for a Burlington teen

    A big honor for a Burlington teen

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 1:06 AM EDT2014-04-16 05:06:26 GMT
    16-year-old Yusuf Abdi was named 2014 Vermont Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year. He received the award during a celebration at the State House today. Judges called him extraordinary for his age, articulate,More >>
    16-year-old Yusuf Abdi was named 2014 Vermont Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year. He received the award during a celebration at the State House today.More >>
  • Blood donor honored for his contributions

    Blood donor honored for his contributions

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 1:04 AM EDT2014-04-16 05:04:54 GMT
    There are your average blood donors who might give once or twice a year and then there is Frank Sklenarik. He's donated 140 units or 17-and-half gallons of blood since becoming a donor in 1996. Today theMore >>
    There are your average blood donors who might give once or twice a year and then there is Frank Sklenarik. He's donated 140 units or 17-and-half gallons of blood since becoming a donor in 1996. Today theMore >>
  • Weather rollercoaster wreaks havoc across the state

    Weather rollercoaster wreaks havoc across the state

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 12:07 AM EDT2014-04-16 04:07:42 GMT
    Rain, flooding and now snow. This weather rollercoaster is causing problems all around our region. Temps have dropped so the heavy rainfall has switched to snow. Rivers are spilling their banks, roadsMore >>
    Rain, flooding and now snow. This weather rollercoaster is causing problems all around our region. Temps have dropped so the heavy rainfall has switched to snow.More >>
  • Rutland mom caught stealing Easter goodies

    Rutland mom caught stealing Easter goodies

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 1:07 AM EDT2014-04-16 05:07:35 GMT
    A Rutland mom is busted for stealing goodies for her child's Easter basket.  22-year-old Monica Barker pleaded guilty to swiping about $70 in merchandise from Wal-mart. Police say most of the stolen itemsMore >>
    A Rutland mom is busted for stealing goodies for her child's Easter basket.  22-year-old Monica Barker pleaded guilty to swiping about $70 in merchandise from Wal-mart. Police say most of the stolen itemsMore >>
  • Warnings about rising rivers across our region

    Warnings about rising rivers across our region

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 8:08 PM EDT2014-04-16 00:08:37 GMT
    Flood warnings are in effect around our region as heavy rains begin to move through. There is already localized flooding at some of the typical problem spots, like the wrong-way bridge on Route 15 inMore >>
    Parts of our region are already flooding and others are bracing as heavy rains move through. Not only is rain falling fast, but warm temperatures Monday melted snow, adding to high waters.More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WCAX. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.