Saturday July 21, 2012

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) -- A husband and wife missing for more than a year were abducted and murdered, and a suspect is in custody in another state, federal authorities said Friday.

Officials wouldn’t release the name of the person believed to have killed Bill and Lorraine Currier, who were last seen when they left their Burlington jobs on June 8, 2011. Inves tigators determined that the Curriers’ home in Essex had been broken into, and their car and other items, including a gun, had been stolen.

"The person believed to have committed the murders is in custody in another state and will remain in custody," U.S. Attorney Tristram Coffin said. "No charges have yet been brought against this person for the Curriers’ murders, but charges are anticipated."

But they did say that the crime was a random act.

"There was nothing the Curriers did in their personal lives that contributed to their deaths," Chittenden County State’s Attorney T.J. Donovan said. "To our knowledge, there’s no prior connection between the Curriers and the individual in custody."

The couple’s bodies have not been found.

In a statement read at a Burlington news conference, the Curriers’ family said they were grateful for the support they have received from the community and the efforts by police to solve the mystery of their disappearance.

"Our family circle has a huge gap with the loss of Bill and Lorraine. We need time to absorb this and to grieve," the statement said.