Nathan Carman holds private service for mother, despite family’s objections

Nathan Carman speaks to reporters after a memorial service was held for his mother, Linda. (WTNH / Stephanie Simoni)
Nathan Carman speaks to reporters after a memorial service was held for his mother, Linda. (WTNH / Stephanie Simoni)


MIDDLETOWN,Conn. (WTNH) — Nathan Carman spoke to reporters as he left a church service for his mother, Linda.

Linda Carman, 54, is presumed dead. A month ago, Nathan was found after eight days in a life raft 100 nautical miles south of Martha’s Vineyard. The two set out on a fishing trip. Nathan told the Coast Guard the boat started to sink, he grabbed food, and the life raft, but could not find his mother.

It was a small service at the Saint Patrick-Saint Anthony Church in Hartford.

Since Nathan’s September rescue, there has been no sign of Linda or their boat.

Linda has three sisters who have been against the idea of holding a memorial service. They wanted to hold off until the police investigation was complete.

Nathan Carman, 22, gave a short interview as he got into his pick up truck. The service is meant to honor his mother, Linda. It has divided his family.

“The whole family was invited. I’m really glad that many of my mom’s friends chose to attend and I think the service was a good time for us to come together and support one another,”said Nathan. “I’m very grateful to the friends and family who attended.”

Nathan carried a flower arrangement into the small, private service held in the church’s chapel. His father, Clark, and some family friends sat beside him. His mother’s three sisters were not there.

“I wish very much that my whole family could have come together to pray for my mom, ” said Nathan.

The attorney his aunts hired, Dan Small with Holland and Knight released this statement to News 8,

“Linda’s friends and family want to make clear that they are not involved in this event on Wednesday. They believe that it is premature and inappropriate to stage this kind of an event when there is an ongoing investigation into Linda’s disappearance.”

“I wish desperately that my mom was rescued. I hope that she will be found,” said Nathan. “As difficult as it is, I’m glad that family and friends had a chance and that friends came together to remember my mom.”

We asked church-members if the Carman family attends this church. They say they didn’t know, but say their church opens their doors to everyone.

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