EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

July 17, 2013

Police, dog search for man in Derry

By Doug Ireland

---- — DERRY — A quiet residential neighborhood became the scene of a manhunt yesterday afternoon as police searched Abbott Street for an unidentified man.

Police released few details yesterday after two Derry officers and a Salem police K-9 unit scoured yards behind 4 and 6 Abbott St. for approximately half an hour in the sweltering heat.

K-9 Officer Paul Benoit and his dog, Til, ended their search about 11:40 p.m. Derry police could be seen interviewing a woman at 6 Abbott St.

Police would not say if they were looking for a criminal suspect or a missing person, referring all inquiries to Derry police Capt. Vern Thomas.

Thomas declined to discuss the incident in depth, but did say late yesterday afternoon that it involved a domestic dispute between two men and the public was not at risk.

One of the men fled when police were called and later texted a family member, saying he planned to hurt himself, Thomas said. No one was else was threatened and no weapons were involved, he said.

Neighbors, including Robyn Nelson, saw the police officers and wondered what was happening.

Nelson, who was working in her yard across the street, said she saw several police cars come and leave, but was not questioned by police.

Police were still looking for the man late yesterday afternoon.