COVENTRY - State and federal authorities along with the Essex Police Department are searching the New England Waste Services of Vermont (NEWSVT) Landfill in Coventry today for the bodies of two missing Essex, VT residents.
According to a press release issued by the U.S. Department of Justice in Burlington, the search is connected to the investigation into the disappearance of William and Lorraine Currier. The Curriers have been missing since June 8, 2011.
Today's search is an extension of a search conducted April 12 and 13 on Route 15 in Essex.
"We're assisting law enforcement with an ongoing investigation," said David Carpenter, associate general counsel for NEWSVT. He said company officials would not make any comments on the record and would not let anyone on the property. "This obviously has nothing to do with us. They're searching for the Curriers in some form or fashion.â€ť
The search is expected to take one to three weeks, police reported, and will not interfere with the NEWSVT normal operations, Carpenter said.
Reporters were not allowed near the site.
The couple was reported missing by Bill Currier's sister after they failed to show up for work. Bill Currier, 49, was an animal care technician at the University of Vermont and Lorraine Currier, 55, worked at Fletcher Allen Health Care. Their disappearance has remained a mystery.
The Friday after they were reported missing, their car was discovered abandoned in the parking lot of an apartment building about a mile from their home.