Released court records show that a 22-year-old Autistic Vermont man who spent a week on a life raft in the Atlantic Ocean before he was re
scued by a freighter was a suspect in the unsolved 2013 killing of his grandfather.
Nathan Carman was rescued Sunday, while his mother, Linda Carman is still missing and presumed dead. Nathan told the Coast Guard he and his mother were on his boat when it sank.
A recording of the phone call Carman made to the Coast Guard after he was rescued by a freighter on Sunday has been released, and in the call Carman says he heard a ‘funny noise’ in the engine compartment of his boat. Then water started pouring in right before he lost sight of his mother.
On the recording Carman says, “I was bringing one of the safety bags forward. The boat just dropped out from under my feet. When I saw the life raft, I did not see my mom. Have you found her?”
After the officer tells Carman they have not found his mother, he describes getting into the life raft and says: ‘I was whistling and calling and looking around, and I didn’t see her.’
Documents show that Nathan Carman was investigated in the fatal shooting of 87-year-old John Chakalos.
According to a search warrant, Carman was the last person known to see his grandfather alive on Dec. 20, 2013. Carman had dinner with him at his home in Windsor, Connecticut, and Chakalos was found dead the next morning. His murder came just weeks after his grandmother, Rita Chakalos died of cancer.
Windsor Police are still investigating the murder, and on Interstate 91 in Vermont, there is even a billboard which shows a picture of Chakalos and an offer of a $250,000 reward for anyone with information leading to an arrest in his death.
The will of John Chakalos shows he left an estate worth more than $42 million to his four daughters.
There is still no evidence against Nathan Carman to show he is related to the two deaths, however there is speculation that he may be responsible somehow.
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