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Police execute search warrant at home of Middletown mom lost at sea

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Police were seen at Linda Carman's home on Thursday night (WFSB) Police were seen at Linda Carman's home on Thursday night (WFSB)
Nathan Carman. (CBS photo) Nathan Carman. (CBS photo)

Police executed a search warrant Thursday night at the home of Linda Carman, who went missing at sea while on a fishing trip with her son.

Several federal, state and local agencies will gather next week to discuss the case of man who spent days adrift at sea and whose mother has not been found after a mysterious fishing trip. 

Nathan Carman, a Middletown native, is now living in Vermont.

The 22-year-old, who has Asperger's syndrome, was rescued on Sunday after seven days in a life raft.

He went fishing with his mother, 54-year-old Linda Carman, off the coast of Block Island.

Linda Carman lived in Middletown. She has not been found and is presumed dead.

The South Kingstown Police Department said they are working with state and federal law enforcement agencies on the disappearance of Linda Carman. 

On Thursday evening, police from Middletown and South Kingston, RI were seen at Linda Carman's Middletown home, taking items like large paper bags, envelopes and boxes out of the house.

Linda Carman's tenant said officers arrived with a warrant to search the home Thursday night, which he signed.

Investigators removed several hand trucks worth of materials from the home.

The Coast Guard Academy said there will be a meeting with all agencies involved in the case of Nathan Carman on Monday.

Nathan Carman told the Coast Guard that his boat took on water and suddenly sank. When he found the life raft, he said he didn't see his mother.

On Thursday, Attorney Gerald Klein said his client Linda Carman always put her son Nathan first in her life.

"She was, and I won't use the term obsessed, but very, very concerned with the health of her son," Klein said.

This isn't the first time Nathan Carman has been in the news.

In 2013, he was a person of interest in the murder of his 87-year-old grandfather, John Chakalos of Windsor.

According to documents from Windsor police, a doctor who consulted with authorities during that investigation said any suspect with Asperger's would research and check their work before and after the crime.

Clark Carman, Nathan Carman's father, said it didn't happen that way.

"They're the two closest people to my son in the world and let me just say this there is no way he would ever injure either one of them," he said.

"I just want to thank the public for their prayers and their concern about myself and my mother," Nathan Carman told news crews shortly after he was brought into a port in Boston Tuesday.

Klein said Linda Carman was adamant that her son couldn't have been involved in his grandfather's murder, because he was with her and they were fishing at Point Judith. 

On Thursday, a tenant at Linda Carman's home described Linda as the kindest person in the world, saying she constantly donated time to charities, helping young people with disabilities and taking in foster children.

He said in the six years he knew Linda, he never met Nathan, but said Linda and Nathan would go fishing often, and even went to Alaska to go fishing.

The tenant said Linda had a friendly relationship with her ex-husband Clark Carman, and said he had been staying at the Middletown home for the past two days.

Before Nathan Carman and his mother set out on their fishing trip, Nathan reportedly stopped to talk with Michael Iozzi, just hours before the trip.

Iozzi, 71, said he was sitting at the dock of the Ram Point Marina in Point Judith on Saturday Sept. 17...right next to Nathan Carman's slip.  

"I says I hope you're taking somebody with you because it's a bad thing to be going out there by yourself," Iozzi said he told Nathan. "I didn't know what to think, it's the first time anything like this has ever happened. Where I've been so close to talking to someone...that an incident happened."

Iozzi said he saw Nathan Carman working on his boat, removing the trim tabs hours before he went fishing.

"I saw him leaning over the transom of the boat which is the back of the boat and he was drilling some holes," Iozzi said.

"He removed them, I'm not exactly sure why...they're a stabilizer, an extra mechanical stabilizer to keep the boat running smooth through the chop and the waves," said Mike Nedwidek, a Point Judith boater.

Ram Point Marina confirms that Nathan Carman was a new customer this season.

Investigators want to know what Nathan Carman did to his boat hours before he set out...and if he did use a "sealer" to plug holes after dismantling the stabilizing tabs.

"If you don't do it properly it could slowly let water in on a sailboat that goes 5 mph, but if you're in a rough sea it could expedite the process,” said Austin Glazier, a marina employee.

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