Search for Leo Coutu continues

The search for 49-year-old retired corrections officer and father of three, Leo Coutu, continues in Dracut, so I’m posting his photograph once again, as well as a story my co-worker Evan Lips put together on the ongoing search today.

Evan’s story is here:

By Evan Lips
TYNGSBORO — Nearly seven days have passed and still they search for Leo  Coutu.
They’ve looked behind almost every thicket, under every culvert and even inside nearly every vacant house in the 49-year-old’s hometown of Dracut.
On Monday morning, the search for Leo resumed in a new place: Just over the town line in Tyngsboro, as volunteers fanned out across the neighborhood surrounding Lake Mascuppic. Continue reading


Near drowning in Littleton

I am certainly not the only person working here at The Sun, and my co-workers have some interesting stuff today.

Lyle Moran spent his day chasing a story about a 10-month-old boy who nearly drowned in Littleton this morning. The boy remains in critical condition, and we’ll be working on this story all night.

Our court reporter, Lisa Redmond, has a great story about prostitution in Lowell that was on the front page today. I recommend everyone give this one a read, and follow Lisa on Twitter.

There isn’t much point in reading the crime blog if you don’t follow up by reading what Lisa writes about how the arrests and cases I cover play out in the courts. Continue reading

Dracut man still missing

Several people tweeted at me and sent me messages on Facebook on my days off asking why NEMLEC was in Dracut while helicopters were overhead, and I directed them to the ongoing story of Leo Coutu, a 49-year-old Dracut man who has been missing since Tuesday about 5 p.m.

Over 100 people from NEMLEC, local police, and volunteers searched for Coutu over the last few days. He is still missing.

Coutu is 5’4, with a slim, 130 pound build. He has fair skin, gray hair, and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a blue shirt and white, striped polo shirt, bue shorts and sneakers.

Coutu is the son of the late Edmond “Gus” Coutu, a former Lowell city councilor and school committee member. He worked as a corrections officers for 22 years, and worked for a time at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center.

My colleague Jen Myers attended a press conference held by Coutu’s family in Dracut today, and reports that his 19-year-old daughter was crying as she pleaded with anyone who spots her father to help. Continue reading

Missing 11-year-old in Lowell

UPDATE: All is well. Car 4 en route back to the young man’s house to confirm that he just returned home.

I don’t think this has much time on it, but Lowell Police just started looking for a missing 11-year-old named Aaron who was last seen walking inbound on Gorham Street, possibly toward the Agawam Street area, according to radio broadcasts.

Aaron is described having brown hair and brown eyes. He is wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and jeans. If you spot him call Lowell Police at 978.937.3200.

He hasn’t been missing very long and I didn’t even catch a race or further description, so no need to panic. But if you spot the little guy let the cops know. Sounds like someone misses him.