Hit and run victim's family hires PI


BRATTLEBORO -- Marty Bugbee, a private investigator, walked up to the corner of Western Avenue and Union Street Friday and pointed to the spot where he said Eugene Narrett was killed.

Narrett, 64, was struck by a hit-and-run driver on the evening of Friday, Dec. 6, after attending an art opening of his work at Gallery in the Woods during Gallery Walk.

The driver who struck Narrett is still at large, and the Brattleboro Police Department continues to investigate the crime.

The police have not released much information about the case, but Bugbee said, according to a forensic pathologist, Narrett was walking east on Western Avenue when he was probably struck by a large truck or SUV that was traveling at a high rate of speed and turning down Union Hill from Western Avenue.

"There was probably damage to the grill, hood or side mirror," Bugbee said as traffic moved along Western Avenue. "Whoever did this was probably familiar with the area."

Bugbee said witnesses said a dark truck with an open bed was seen fleeing from the scene.

Bugbee, who is an investigator with Investigative Intelligence Group from Royal Oak, Mich., has been hired by a friend of Narrett's family to assist the Brattleboro Police Department with the case.

He was contacted in February to begin working on the case.

"I am here to work with the police to see what resources I can provide," Bugbee said. "I am offering a new set of eyes to augment the investigation."

Bugbee was in town Friday to conduct some interviews, see the crime scene first hand, and meet with Det. Lt. Mike Carrier, who is leading the investigation with BPD.

"From our point of view, anytime we can help it is appreciated," Carrier said. "We have utilized the information he gave us and we are keeping the lines of communication open."

Because the investigation is still open Carrier said he could not comment on what his department has been finding, and he also said he was limited on what he could share with Bugbee.

"I am not surprised that an investigator was called in," Carrier said. "We've had direct communication with the family, and they have been very helpful."

Bugbee said he was hired by a law firm that he does business with in Michigan, whose members are close with the Narrett family.

Narrett's son, Gabriel, is vice president of operations with Lake Electronics Group and lives in Michigan.

He did not return a telephone message Monday.

Bugbee said he has been working with noted forensic pathologist Dr. Werner Spitz, who has been involved in a number of high profile cases including the death of Mary Jo Kopechne, who was driving with Ted Kennedy on Chappaquiddick Island.

He worked with the family members of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. who were investigating the involvement of convicted killer James Earl Ray and testified in the trial of O.J. Simpson.

"We are certain that more than one person knows about the damage to the vehicle and we are trying to generate interest and encourage people to come forward with information," Bugbee said.

Anyone who might have information on the hit-and-run accident, or a truck or SUV that may have had a damaged front end in early December is asked to call the BPD tips line at 802-251-8188.

Howard Weiss-Tisman can be reached at hwtisman@reformer.com or 802-254-2311, ext. 279.


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