Police Search Home of Rescued Boater

Police Search Home of Rescued Boater


(HE) NOW, THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS– …ON A STORY WE’VE BEEN TRACKING FOR OVER A WEEK. A YOUNG MAN– FOUND DRIFTING AT SEA OVER THE WEEKEND– RETURNED TO BOSTON TODAY. (MM) THIS– AS NEWLY-OBTAINED COURT DOCUMENTS FROM OUR C-B-S AFFILIATE IN VERMONT– REVEAL NEW DETAILS ABOUT A SEARCH OF NATHAN CARMAN’S HOME THERE– AND WHAT POLICE FOUND. EYEWITNESS NEWS REPORTER KELLY SULLIVAN HAS THE LATEST ON THE INVESTIGATION NOW– LIVE FROM OUR CONTROL ROOM. THE SOUTH KINGSTOWN POLICE CHIEF CONFIRMS TO TARGET 12 THAT THE WINDHAM COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE EXECUTED A SEARCH WARRANT OF NATHAN CARMAN’S HOME TODAY. THIS WAS ON BEHALF OF SOUTH KINGSTOWN P-D, WHO IS HEADING THIS INVESTIGATION. THE CHIEF SAYS THEY’RE TRYING TO DETERMINE IF A CRIME WAS COMMITTED IN LINDA CARMAN’S DISAPPEARANCE. NEWLY OBTAINED COURT DOCUMENTS BY OUR CBS AFFILIATE IN VERMONT, WCAX, REVEAL A DEEPER INVESTIGATION THAN WHAT WAS ORIGINALLY A MISSING PERSON’S REPORT. A SEARCH WARRANT REVEALS AUTHORITIES SEIZED AN XFINITY MODEM AND GARMIN SIM CARD FROM NATHAN CARMAN’S HOME– AND A LETTER WRITTEN BY NATHAN DISCOVERED IN HIS TRUCK. IN AN AFFIDAVIT WRITTEN BY SOUTH KINGSTOWN LIEUTENANT ALFRED BUCCO, HIS INVESTIGATION REVEALED LINDA CARMAN INFORMED HER FRIEND SHARON HARTSTEIN OF HER FLOAT PLAN. “Hartstein reported Linda advised they were going to fish at ‘Striper Rock’ which is located in close proximity to Block Island approximately 20 miles off the Rhode Island shoreline.” BUT A WITNESS WHO SPOKE WITH NATHAN CARMAN HOURS BEFORE HE LEFT TELLS ME OVER THE PHONE NATHAN HAD A DIFFERENT PLAN. Kelly: Where did he tell you that he was going fishing? Mike Iozzi: If I’m not mistaken I think he said to the canyons. It’s away from Block Island. The water is much deeper there.” IOZZI TELLS ME HE NOTICED NATHAN REMOVED THE TRIM TABS FROM THE BOAT. Mike: “I said why did you take them off. He said my boat didn’t perform well with those.” ACCORDING TO THE AFFIDAVIT— “The investigation revealed that Nathan’s boat was in need of mechanical repair and that Nathan had been conducting a portion of these repairs upon his own volition which could have potentially rendered his boat unsafe for operation.” IOZZI NOTCIED NATHAN HAD A RADIO AND A LIFE RAFT, BUT OFFERED SOME LAST MINUTE ADVICE. “When he said he was going out fishing, I said well, make sure you take somebody with you, it’s much safer that way. He said oh yea, I got somebody coming with me. I didn’t know it was his mother.” THERE IS CURRENTLY A SEPARATE INVESTIGATION INTO NATHAN’S GRANDFATHER’S DEATH. HE WAS MURDERED IN 2013 AND THE HARTFORD COURANT REPORTS NATHAN WAS A SUSPECT IN THAT CASE—THOUGH NEVER CHARGED. THE SOUTH KINGSTOWN POLICE CHIEF CONFIRMS DETECTIVES FROM THE DEPARTMENT WILL BE GOING TO CONNECTICUT TOMOROW TO WORK WITH INVESTIGATORS THERE. IM KELLY SULLIVAN EYEWITNESS NEWS. (MM) IN DEPTH COVERAGE NOW… BEFORE THE COAST GUARD QUESTIONED NATHAN CARMAN TODAY — WE KNOW THEY SPOKE WITH HIM OVER THE PHONE — WHILE HE WAS ON HIS WAY TO BOSTON. (HE) TONIGHT — WE’RE HEARING THE AUDIO OF THAT CALL FOR THE FIRST TIME — AS CARMAN EXPLAINED TO OFFICIALS WHAT HE SAID HAPPENED WHILE HE WAS ON THE FISHING TRIP WITH HIS MOTHER. [” Hello this is Nathan Carman. Nathan this is United States Coast Guard Boston AFTER BEING FOUND ON A FOUR-PERSON RAFT IN THE OPEN WATER — 100 NAUTICAL MILES SOUTH OF MARTHA’S VINEYARD — THE COAST GUARD CONTACTED NATHAN CARMAN WHILE HE WAS ABOARD THE CARGO SHIP THAT FOUND AND RESCUED HIM. I need to understand what happened CARMAN DESCRIBED TO COAST GUARD OFFICIALS – THE MOMENTS HE SAID THEIR BOAT BEGAN TAKING ON WATER. There was a funny noise in the engine compartment. I looked and saw a lot of water. I was bringing in the lines, had my mom bring in the reels. I brought the safety stuff forward…and I felt the boat drop from under my feet. When I saw the life raft I did not see my mom – have you found her? No we haven’t been able to find her yet.” THAT GRIM ANSWER FROM COAST GUARD OFFICIALS — MET BY A QUICK MOMENT OF SILENCE ON CARMAN’S END, BUT OTHERWISE NO REACTION — BEFORE HE WENT ON TO FINISH HIS STORY. So I got to the life raft after I got my bearings, and I was whistling and calling and looking around and I didn’t see her “] (HE) AT THE END OF THE CALL — COAST GUARD OFFICIALS ASK CARMAN WHEN ALL OF THIS HAPPENED. HE SAYS IT WAS MIDDAY ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18TH — JUST HOURS AFTER PAIR SET OUT FROM RAM’S POINT MARINA IN POINT JUDITH. (MM) COUNT ON EYEWITNESS NEWS TO UPDATE YOU WITH THE LATEST INFORMATION AS THIS STORY CONTINUES TO DEVELOP. WE CAN READ MORE IN- DEPTH ON WPRI.COM… THAT’S WHERE WE’VE ALSO POSTED THE ENTIRE AUDIO RECORDING OF THE COAST GUARDS PHONE CALL WITH

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