A security guard disappears after his car is torched in an arson fire.
For 10 years, Curtis Pishon cherished his career as a police officer. Then he was stricken with multiple sclerosis, a painful muscular disorder that severely limited his mobility. The disease progressed to the point where Curtis could no longer fire his gun accurately. He had no choice but to turn in his badge. His brother, Mark Pishon, believed this devastated Curtis:
According to his family, Curtis became depressed and withdrawn. But when he got a job as a factory security guard in Seabrook, New Hampshire, his self-esteem slowly returned.
On the night of July 5, 2000, everything seemed normal. Curtis was already well into his shift when at 1:42 AM, he called Seabrook firefighters complaining that his car was on fire. Jeff Brown, a Deputy Chief at the Seabrook Fire Department, was on call that night:
After interviewing Curtis, Deputy Chief Brown found him to be very accepting that his car had been torched. This was puzzling to his brother Mark because Curtis had the odd habit of using his car to store what he treasured most:
After the fire was extinguished, the factory’s security supervisor checked on Curtis. He appeared to be alright. Then 20 minutes later, at 3:45 AM, a factory worker noticed that Curtis was missing. An exhaustive search of the factory and the surrounding area turned up nothing. Curtis’ brother, Nicolas Pishon Jr., immediately suspected the worst:
Curtis had recently purchased a 9-millimeter gun from his father, so suicide seemed like a likely theory. However, police found no trace of the gun in his car or apartment.
Investigators next focused on the possibility that Curtis had a mental breakdown. They believed Curtis accidentally started the fire, and then became so despondent over losing his prize possessions, that he simply walked away. Nicholas Pishon disagreed with that theory:
It was also possible that Curtis called for a taxi or hitched a ride on a truck leaving the factory. But investigators discovered that no cabs or company trucks left the plant during his shift. That left a disturbing possibility for investigators–Curtis Pishon was abducted or even worse, murdered. While exploring the possibility of foul play, investigators found that a door and two vending machines inside the factory where Curtis worked were damaged during his shift. But no one knows who caused the damage. For Nicholas Pishon, any possibility that his brother is alive has faded:
The case remains unsolved but Curtis’ family and friends hope he will someday be found.