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Dad Who Vanished in 1961 Might Never Have Left Home

Family suspects bones buried in basement belong to George Carroll
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 2, 2018 6:48 AM CDT
A stock photo of stairs leading to a basement.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Throughout childhood, brothers Steven and Michael Carroll were told their father "went out and just never came back." It turns out he might never have left the family's Lake Grove, NY, home after all. Steven Carroll's adult sons were digging in the basement on the eve of Halloween when they found human bones the family believes belong to George Carroll, who vanished in 1961, reports Newsday. It wasn't exactly a surprise: Michael, who bought the home from his mother in the 1980s, began digging in the basement three years ago after a psychic and "a person close to the situation" told him his father's remains could be found there. The search intensified after ground-penetrating radar showed a soil disturbance beneath the house.

Steven's sons took over the work in the last few months, ultimately finding bones 6 to 8 feet down, near an old well encased in concrete. Suffolk police plan to use dental records or DNA testing to identify the remains in a process that could take months. As for the question of who would have killed George, 57-year-old Michael, who was an infant when the Korean War veteran went missing, tells WABC he has someone in mind. But he wouldn't say more, other than to say the perpetrator is likely dead. CBS New York reports it asked Michael the same thing, and that he didn't want to speculate but did suggest there were troubles in George's marriage to Dorothy, who died in 1998. "I feel great that my dad is finally free from that crappy hole," says Michael. (Bones found behind a wall suggested a fatal misstep.)

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