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Mother of once lost at sea Middletown native remembered in Hartford

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Linda Carman. (Family photo) Linda Carman. (Family photo)
The mass of intention was held at St. Patrick - St. Anthony Church on Church Street in Hartford. (WFSB) The mass of intention was held at St. Patrick - St. Anthony Church on Church Street in Hartford. (WFSB)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

The mother of a once missing at sea Middletown native was remembered at a mass in Hartford on Wednesday.

Linda Carman departed on a fishing trip with her son, 22-year-old Nathan Carman, Sept. 18 when the boat they were on sank, Nathan Carman told the U.S. Coast Guard.

While Nathan Carman was rescued by a Chinese vessel off the coast of Martha's Vineyard after spending several days in a life raft, Linda Carman was never found.

The private mass of intention began at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick - St. Anthony Church on Church Street in Hartford.

Close friends and some, but not all, of Linda Carman's family attended.

"I'm very grateful to the friends and family who attended in memory of my mom," Nathan Carman said.

Nathan Carmen said he wanted to hold the service to start "moving forward."

He walked into the church carrying flowers.

"I wish very much that my whole family could have come together to pray for my mom," he said. "I made sure they were invited and had an opportunity to come. I think the service was a good time for us to come together and support one another."

Nathan Carman said he organized the memorial in Hartford.

"I wish desperately that my mom was rescued," he said. "I hope that she will be found."

Linda Carman's ex-husband and Nathan Carman's father, Clark Carman, was also in attendance.

"It's what he wanted, that's all I can say," Clark Carman said. 

Clark Carman said he flew in from California to pick his son up upon his return from being rescued.

He told Eyewitness News that he's doing ok. He said Nathan Carman is having a hard time processing what happened.

"He's surviving, he's making it through," Clark Carman said. "It’s difficult."

Officials with the Archdiocese of Hartford told Eyewitness News over the weekend that the mass was not a funeral or a memorial service because the investigation into Linda Carman's disappearance has not been closed and there is no death certificate.

When asked for further comment about what may have happened, Nathan Carman declined.

"I need to close my door," he said.

Earlier this week, an attorney representing Linda Carman's three sisters said they felt it was "inappropriate" and "premature" to hold the service because of the ongoing investigation.

Nathan Carman's return without his mother sparked an investigation from a number of local and federal agencies.

Investigators said they were specifically looking at the repairs Nathan Carman had been doing on his own to the boat.

The family has been the center of an investigation in the past.

In 2013, police in Windsor said Nathan Carman was a person of interest in the murder of his wealthy grandfather, John Chakalos. Nathan Carman was reportedly the last person to see Chakalos alive and had a gun similar to one used in the murder.

Linda Carman was questioned in that case as well.

A Boston news outlet reported that she became upset with Chakalos for no longer supporting her.

Chakalos had more than $40 million in his estate before he died.

Eyewitness News will have more on this story tonight starting at 5 p.m.

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