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Authorities to come together next week to discuss presumed-dead Middletown woman's case

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Investigators searched the home of Linda Carman Thursday night. (WFSB photo) Investigators searched the home of Linda Carman Thursday night. (WFSB photo)
Nathan Carman returning to port in Boston earlier this week. (CNN photo) Nathan Carman returning to port in Boston earlier this week. (CNN photo)

Investigators continue to dig up information about a presumed-dead Middletown woman's past after her son was rescued off the coast of Martha's Vineyard.

Linda Carman's attorney, Gerald Klein, confirmed to a Boston news outlet that she was involved in a 2011 fight with her father, John Chakalos of Windsor, two years before he was murdered.

Linda Carman's son and Chakalos' grandson, 22-year-old Nathan Carman, was a person of interest in the 2013 murder.

Chakalos, a prominent real estate developer, offered her unemployed husband, Clark Carman, a job. Clark Carman refused.

Police said as a result, Chakalos, who was at the Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital in Hartford visiting Nathan Carman at the time, told the couple he would no longer support them.

He told the couple that the only reason he had been giving them money was because he loved his grandson, Nathan Carman, according to police.

Chakalos told police that Linda Carman became irate. She attacked Chakalos by punching and scratching him.

"She apparently took a polygraph and Linda told me she passed it and she was off the radar so to speak as a suspect into her father's death," Gerald Klein, Linda Carman's attorney for the case, said. 

It is unclear why Nathan Carman never took a polygraph test. 

The report noted during the argument "John stated he would no longer support Linda and Earle and that the only reason he gives them money is because he loves his grandson." 

Linda Carman allegedly told police that her father was "worth $300 million and she wanted her share." She went on to say "he is not going to cut me off. I need money."

"She claims she was more of a victim," Klein said. "That John had laid hands on her first."

She was charged with assault on an elderly person and breach of peace; however, the charges were dropped when Chakalos said he didn't want his daughter prosecuted.

"She had lost her mom and then her dad so it was a really trying year," Sharon Hartstein, who is Linda Carman's friend, said. "Things were difficult for not just Linda but for her whole family."

Police from multiple departments searched the Middletown home of a Linda Carman on Thursday night.

Several groups of investigators from across New England, and at the federal level, are expected to gather over the next week to discuss the case.

Linda Carman remained missing on Friday and is presumed dead.

She disappeared on a fishing trip with her son, Nathan Carman, who has Asperger's syndrome.

Nathan Carman told the U.S. Coast Guard that his boat took on water and suddenly sank. He said he couldn't find his mother at the time. He spent seven days in a raft with food and provisions.

Documents showed that Nathan Carman had been performing his own maintenance on the vessel. Investigators are looking into a possible reckless endangerment charge.

On Thursday night, both Middletown and South Kingston, RI police executed a search warrant at Linda Carman's home.

Investigators removed several boxes, envelopes and bags.

Eyewitness News spoke with Klein. He said his client never believed her son murdered his grandfather in 2013.

"She was adamant that he couldn't have done it," said Gerald Klein, Linda Carman's attorney. "Because he was with her and they were fishing at Port Judith."

Investigators from Rhode Island, Vermont, Massachusetts and Connecticut, along with federal agencies, are jointly investigating Linda Carman's disappearance.

The Carmans left Point Judith, RI on Sept. 17.

Documents showed that Linda Carman texted a friend that they were headed to "Striper Rock" off of Block Island, about 20 miles south.

However, Nathan Carman told the Coast Guard that they were fishing much further south over Block Canyon, a place his mother had previously refused to go.

The life raft was found off the coast of Martha's Vineyard. He had spent seven days at sea.

Nathan Carman was rescued by a Chinese freighter and brought to a Boston port this week, where Coast Guard officials interviewed him.

This case has been one of our most followed stories by viewers. Many people were drawing their own conclusions about what they think happened to Linda Carman. Walter Hussey, who is a criminal defense attorney, deconstructed the facts and looked beyond the court of public opinion.

“They don't have a body and they probably never will,” Hussey said. “They don't have a crime scene because they don't have a boat and they probably never will.”

Hussey said while things may point that way, it is a stretch to prove he caused her death. Investigators can try to look for other possible evidence.

"I would think they would probably look into his computers, see what type of searches he may have done and communications he may have had on social media with anyone,” Hussey said. “His cell phone I would think would be a target to see if there was anything that would incriminate him in terms of illegal activity.”

Barring anything new, Hussey said the unsolved murder of Chakalos is unlikely to be reopened.

"They don't have a gun, there are apparently no witnesses to that case, no one’s comes forward,” Hussey said. “If anyone knew you would think they would come forward at this point and time.”  

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