Can’t wait for this to come out on NETFLIX!!……….Papa Mike
The Long Island man who dug up bones in the basement of his childhood home searching for his long-missing father now sits in his cluttered living room wondering if he has unraveled a darker mystery.
Michael Carroll, 57, believes the remains are those of his father George Carroll, a U.S. Army Korean War veteran who has been missing for decades. Over the years Carroll consulted psychics and ghost hunters to help with the search. He also hired a company with ground-penetrating radar that advised him on where to dig.
This is almost a perfect crime, but I wasn’t supposed to find him,” he said in an interview with Fox News.
Carroll said the person who may have had something to do with his missing father is a man who his mother subsequently married, Richard Darress, but added: “I’m trying to avoid pointing a finger at this point.”
Darress died in June in Laredo, Texas, at the age of 77, a funeral home there told Fox News. Before he died he had been living in Mexico, across the border from Laredo.
“He would have been someone we would have wanted to speak with,” Lt. Kevin Beyrer, commander of the Suffolk Police homicide squad, told Newsday two weeks ago.
Police have been investigating since Michael Carroll’s sons found the remains on Oct. 30 after digging a 6-foot hole and breaking through a cinder block wall that had been part of an old water well.
Adding to the mystery, police said the skull was fractured by blunt force trauma.
DNA testing is now underway to identify the remains. Michael Carroll said the family expects to learn the results of those tests in about a month.
The Carroll home is on Olive Street in Lake Grove, about 60 miles east of Manhattan. George Carroll bought the home in 1955 and was living there with his wife Dorothy and their four children — two boys and two girls — when he disappeared. Dorothy Carroll sold it to Michael Carroll, her son, in 1993.
Records show Dorothy Carroll divorced Darress in 1983.