Everyone has mysteries in their family that if they ever get told about them it’s not until they are much older and often find out about on total accident.
There’s a friend of mine whose grandparents were married for like 45 years or something like that who had no idea until his grandfather’s death that both of his grandparents were married briefly to other people before they met.
Another friend that I have was actually a twin of someone that died during childbirth and he didn’t find out until he was well into his teens. For one reason or another there are some things that just never get talked about.
A decades-long mystery has finally come to an end for 57-year-old Michael Carroll. After his father Korean War veteran George Carroll disappeared in the 1960s, Michael wanted answers. But he and his three siblings never learned anything about George’s disappearance. Nevertheless, the mystery haunted them all for the rest of their lives – until now when Michael may have stumbled upon the answer to it all.
Although his mother had her story, others revealed their takes on what happened to George the veteran. Some even suggested that his body was chopped up and buried in the basement. That story always sent shivers up Michael’s spine.
Years later, Michael felt that he needed to follow up with this claim. He hired a company that possessed ground-penetrating radar equipment. It cost him an arm-and-a-leg, but he shelled out the cash because he knew it would give him peace of mind. When the results came back, he could not believe it. There was definitely something there that shouldn’t be. They told him where to dig, and he got to work.
Then on October 30, 2018, Michael found something shocking. He unearthed a skeleton in the basement of his childhood home in Lake Grove, Long Island, New York. And when police got a good look at the skeleton, they determined that the skull had been cracked with blunt-force trauma. The person buried in that basement could certainly have been murdered. But police are not positive. They say the fractures could have occurred after the death.
“This is almost a perfect crime,” Michael said. “But I wasn’t supposed to find him.”
George Carroll bought the Long Island home in 1955. He lived there with his wife Dorothy and their four children. When he “disappeared,” Dorothy held onto it until she sold it to Michael years later.
Carroll believes that a man named Richard Darress (pictured) killed his father. His mother Dorothy later married Richard.
Unfortunately for Carroll both Darress and his mother are dead. The truth might have died with them because he suspects they both knew George was buried in the basement.
But their missing father was important to them. And now Michael might get the closure he has needed all his life.