Nathan Carman, 22, set out on a fishing trip on September 17 with his mother, Linda Carman, but he was the only one who returned. The two set sail out of Point Judith in Rhode Island and were missing for over a week.
His mother is still missing, and presumed dead.
Adding fuel to the fire, Nathan’s wealthy maternal grandfather was murdered in 2013, and he was named a suspect in the case.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. He Said the Boat Sank & Escaped on a Lifeboat Without His Mother
Nathan and his mother Linda were reported missing September 18, the day after they embarked.
The two left for an offshore fishing trip on a 32-foot aluminum boat named “Chicken Pox,” according to the Coast Guard.
Nathan, of Middletown, Connecticut, was rescued September 25 by a passing freight ship just south of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachussetts, eight days after the duo went missing. He was in good condition when he was found, according to the Hartford Courant.
The Courant spoke briefly to Nathan after he arrived home tonight:
I would just like to thank the public for their prayers and concern for both my mother and myself. And I would like to thank the crew of the ship that rescued me, both for rescuing me and for treating me very well.
“I feel healthy,” he told the Courant. “Emotionally, I’ve been through a huge amount. My request is that I just be left alone to mourn naturally.”
His father, who drove him home, told the publication it had been a “very tough” day and declined to speak further.
Nathan reportedly told the Coast Guard that the Chicken Pox sank when it took on water. While he was able to get on a life raft himself, he said he was unable to locate his mother. You can listen to his conversation with the Coast Guard below:
A search for Linda hit a dead end and Coast Guard Petty Officer Nicole Groll told the Courant that her disappearance is “beyond the survivability window.”
“A decision to suspend a case is never easy,” Groll said. “However, we are not going to reopen the search for Linda Carman.”
2. His Grandfather Was Worth $40 Million & He Was the Last Person to See Him Alive
When 87-year-old John Chakalos’ murdered body was found in 2013, his estate was valued at $40 million, the Courant reported.
Chakalos died of a gunshot wound to the head, CNN reported.
A warrant obtained by the Courant said Nathan was the last known person to see Chakalos alive December 20, 2013, after the two shared dinner at Chakalos’ home.
The slain man’s daughter found him dead the next day in his Windsor, Connecticut, home.
The warrant said Nathan became a suspect after his mother told authorities that he was supposed to meet her in a neighboring town at 3 a.m. that morning, but he never showed up.
A search of Nathan’s Middletown, Vermont, home revealed a Remington tactical shotgun, a rifle scope and several rounds of ammunition, according to the warrant. The rifle found wasn’t a match to the gun used to kill Chakalos, authorities said.
An arrest warrant was never obtained in Chakalos’ murder. Authorities said a cold case unit is assisting police on the case, and a $250,000 reward was made by family for any information into his death.
Chakalos was a nursing home and real estate developer, according to the Daily Hampshire Gazette.
3. His Mother Inherited $21 Million After the Murder of Her Father
The Courant reported that Linda and three of her siblings each received $21 million after Chakalos was slain.
Many are speculating that a motive in both murders was money. Chandrée Vieira Kozlin posted to Facebook:
“So his wealthy grandfather was murdered in 2013, unsolved….mom disappears and he’s found unharmed floating along with plenty of supplies to be ‘lost at sea’ for a while…I may be jumping to conclusions but this boy killed gramps then mom and is hoping they can’t convict him on any of it and he ends up with a sh** ton of ??
Robin L. Smith-RaRa pointed out in the above post that a distress call was not made, and believes Nathan is responsible for his mother’s apparent death.
4. A Search Warrant of His Home Was Issued to Look for Information on the Fishing Trip
A search warrant issued for Nathan’s home in Vermont said that police were seeking maps, documents, global positioning devices, computers, hand-held electronic devices and books that could help provide coordinates, positioning information or more information about the fishing trip.
Authorities were also looking for receipts for purchases of boat parts or equipment for repairs to the Chicken Pox, according to the Courant.
“This 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 the boat unsafe for operation,” South Kingstown Det. Lt. Alfred Bucco III Bucco wrote in the affidavit.
Officers believed they might find evidence in the home “that would support a charge of ‘operating so as to endanger, resulting in death,” the Courant quoted the warrant as saying.
The search warrant indicated that several items were removed by authorities including a modem, GPS device SIM card and a letter written by Nathan. It’s not known who that letter was written to at this time.
5. He Has Asperger’s Syndrome & Also Went Missing in 2011
Nathan, who suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome, went missing in 2011 after he left for a fishing trip.
“Police said Nathan’s parents became worried when he did not return home that night and called police,” lostnmissing.com said on the above flyer. “He may appear to be extremely agitated or may make statements that those who may encounter him may find as ‘odd’ or ‘offensive.'”
He was apparently upset after the death of his horse, CBS Boston reported.
He was found safe days after the disappearance.
*This story is being updated as information becomes available.