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December 5, 2008

Tips pour in on missing guard case

New leads come in via family hot line on Pishon disappearance

SEABROOK — The search for clues in the 8-year-old disappearance case of Venture Corp. security guard Curt Pishon is garnering fruit, with numerous tips pointing to Pishon's death at the hands of specific suspects.

In an interview with The Daily News, Seabrook police Lt. Michael Gallagher and Pishon family spokesman Nick Pishon confirmed the family's "Find Curt" campaign Web site and tip line have accepted dozens of tips since their launch in June. The reports provided by those calling and writing are grim and remarkably similar, Pishon said.

The then-41-year-old Curt Pishon vanished without a trace while working his security shift at Venture on July 5, 2000. No evidence has ever been found, and no charges have been pressed against suspects.

In their tips, a number of informants describe the same violent scenario they say led up to the killing of Curt Pishon due to foul play, as well as the grisly hiding of his remains.

Informants are even naming names, Nick Pishon said. The names given are consistent, but neither the family nor police are willing to release them at this time.

"What the family is prepared to say at present is that information we've received indicates that Curt was murdered the night of July 5," Pishon said. "And information we received also indicates that after his death, Curt's body was dismembered and buried, hidden, by those who killed him."

Not a fluke offered by one tipster, Pishon said of the dozens of tips received over the past months, about half stipulate his brother's body was dismembered and buried. Additionally, tips lead Pishon to believe his brother's remains are buried somewhere in Seabrook.

Gallagher has reviewed the evidence provided by the Pishon family.

"Nothing that the Pishon family has brought to us for review is inconsistent with the theory we developed from our own investigation and interviews with past Venture employees," Gallagher said.

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