Missing Middletown boater was once questioned in father’s murder

Linda Carman

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH) — Police in South Kingstown, Rhode Island continue to investigate Nathan Carman after he and his mother Linda Carman left on their ill fated fishing trip.

A search warrant on his Vermont home indicates he is under investigation for reckless endangerment resulting in death.

According to printed sources another search warrant was issued for his mother’s Middletown home Thursday night.

News8 has learned Linda Carman and her son were questioned by police in the death of her wealthy father Joe Chakalos in 2013. Two years after she and her father had a fight at a Hartford hospital.

“It involved a physical disagreement with her father her late father and she was charged,” Gerald Klein told News8 over the phone. “The most serious account against her was assault of a senior citizen.”

Related Content: Timeline of Nathan Carman’s interactions with police

That charge was later dismissed and her father’s death remains unsolved.

“She convinced me that she had absolutely nothing to do with the death of her father,” says Klein. “Nor did her son.”

Nathan Carman remains under investigation in his mother’s disappearance after he says his boat sank a hundred miles off shore.

“It took me a few minutes to just realize where I was, what was happening.” Carman told an ABC reporter. “I was no longer on the boat where was I? What was going on?”

He says he never saw his mother but was able to swim to the life raft with a bag containing food rations, a water desalinator, sleeping bags, and flares.

We asked Klein if Linda Carman had ever expressed any concern about her son. “Oh absolutely not,” he answers.

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