A Maine couple received a mysterious letter about their son, Bernard “Bunny” Ross, who went missing 39 years ago. The letter Carol and Bernard Ross Sr. received claims to know some details about why or how their beloved son vanished without a trace.
Bunny Ross was only 18 when he disappeared from his Maine home. Carol Ross, 78, and her husband, 80, have said the anonymous person who wrote the mysterious letter claims to have linked Bernard’s disappearance with a story in their local newspaper, the Daily Mail reports.
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Maine police investigators have reportedly renewed their interest in the Bernard Ross missing person case due to the new tips possibly offered in the mysterious letter. Bunny, who disappeared on May 12, 1977, in the town of Fort Kent, would now be 57-years-old.
Bunny Ross took the family’s car during the early morning hours and drove to an aunt’s home in Presque Isle. He is believed to have taken a truck belonging to a painter, without his permission, and left the home the same day. The truck was eventually found without any damage or evidence of foul play in the Ashland area about 20 miles away.
Ross was last spotted walking on Realty Road near the corporation line between Ashland and Portage, Maine, the Bangor Daily News reports.
“I think the community was shocked,” Bernard Ross Sr. said while speaking about his son’s disappearance to reporters last week.
Carol Ross noted that Bunny, who was one of six children, was going through some “ups and downs” around the time that he vanished. However, his mother also said her son’s state of mind was not unusual for a typical teenager. In 1981, the Ross family relocated to Gorham, Maine, where they lived for 20 years until moving to Portage.
“People had a hard time because there were no answers. It’s not like there was a death. It was the unknown. There was always the hope that he’d walk through the door one day,” the missing man’s mother added.
Maine State Police Lt. Troy Gardner said there is a chance the mysterious letter claiming to know some details about Bernard Shaw’s disappearance could be a hoax. The veteran police officer said if the letter turns out to be a hoax, it would be a “horrible thing” to do to folks who have been awaiting news about their son for close to four decades.
Gardner said law enforcement officers are currently “extending an olive branch” in an effort to make contact with the anonymous author of the letter.
“I’ve never had anything like this happen in my career,” Maine State Police Lt. Troy Gardner told the Portland Press Herald. “Of course, there’s no way of knowing whether the letter’s truthful or the information is accurate, but we are asking for whoever wrote the letter to please contact us.”
The Maine State Police official said the law enforcement agency will not disclose any of the details stemming from the letter with the public. Lt. Gardner declined to answer questions about the length of the letter or even if the note was handwritten. Such facts may likely be used to authenticate information offered by anyone claiming to have authored the communication sent to the parents of Bunny Ross.
“There’s always been the hope or assumption that he’s alive out there,” Lt. Gardner also told the media. “There’s been nothing to suggest he’s not alive. The other side of that is that he’s been missing since 1977, and that’s a long time to go without contact with family.”
Anyone with information about the mysterious letter sent to the Maine couple, or details about the disappearance of Bernard “Bunny” Ross, have been urged to call Sergeant Darrin Crane with the state police agency.
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