BANGOR – A priest from Caribou has been missing for nearly two weeks now. Officials are still investigating the disappearance of Clement Thibodeau, 85.
“With each passing day, it’s harder to believe he’ll just walk out of the woods and say that was a long trip.” said Father Frank Murray, Bangor.
A weak cell phone ping and false leads. Maine state police are working day and night to search for Father Thibodeau.
Thibodeau’s cell phone went dead a week ago, so they are using older information to track his whereabouts. Lt. Dan Scott, Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, said “It’s just the nature of the weak cell phone data is what we are basing our search efforts on… It’s not very precise…it’s a very very large search area.”
Officials are currently investigating the Lee area to determine whether or not they missed anything. Lt. Scott added “We’re going off with the best information that we have, but we’re going to continue to look and see if we can get any better data or information on his whereabouts.”
Father Thibodeau served for many years at St. John’s Catholic Church. People there say he’s touched the lives of so many people. Father Murray stated “He was very transparent, he didn’t put himself above anybody. He would just be a fellow journeyer.”
So it’s no surprise that his disappearance is leaving people worried. Father Murray said “People know him are concerned about him and are looking and asking questions. It’s hard to figure how he hasn’t been found.”
While officials continue to investigate people will continue to have hope for a safe return. Father Murray concluded “But I am still trying to maintain my hope that there’s an answer to all of this and there’s going to be a positive thing.”