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Missing Man: John Francis Deveau - CT - 05/24/2013

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https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/show/20598

MISSING PERSON
John Francis Deveau

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MISSING SINCE: May 24, 2013
LAST SEEN: Branford, Connecticut
SEX: Male
HEIGHT: 71.0 in
WEIGHT: 170.0 lbs
EYES: Brown
HAIR: Brown
Contact Branford Police Department at 203-313-3376 with information.
Case #: 13-13156 NamUs MP #: 20598

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http://www.wsmv.com/story/22573804/search-for-missing-branford-man

Search for missing Branford man

Posted: Jun 12, 2013 4:08 PM EDT

Updated: Jun 12, 2013 5:43 PM EDT

By Courtney Zieller

BRANFORD, CT (WFSB) - State police are involved in an active search involving a Branford man after he disappeared at the end of last month.

John Deveau, 61, was reported missing by his visiting nurse the week of May 25.

Deveau, who has an extensive medical history, lives on Crouch Road.

The Sibil Creek runs right through Deveau's backyard and that's where dive teams searched Wednesday for a few hours.

"It just was a matter of due diligence for us to request the assistance of them and search that creek around, in the event Mr. Deveau wondered off or became ill and somehow got into that creek," said Branford Police Captain Geoffrey Morgan.

Nothing was located in the creek by dive teams, according to police.

Police arrested his neighbor, 43-year-old Thomas Malinka, but investigators said he isn't considered a suspect.

Residents who live on Crouch Road are concerned about their missing neighbor.

"We just miss him, that's all," said one neighbor, who wished not to be identified. "And it's all very, very strange."

Deveau doesn't have any family in the area, which is also making this investigation difficult, police said.

"Our agency is very concerned about the whereabouts and welfare of Mr. Deveau and our detectives will use every resource to determine where he is," said Branford Police Chief Kevin Halloran.

Deveau is described as a white man, who is 5'10" with balding brown hair and eyes.

Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to call the Branford Police Department at 203-481-4241 or by calling the anonymous crime tipline 203-315-3909.

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http://connecticut.cbslocal.com/2013/06/13/police-search-for-missing-branford-man/

Police Search For Missing Branford Man

June 13, 2013 10:14 AM

Police are continuing their search for 61-year-old John Deveau of Branford, according to a press release Wednesday.

Deveau is a white male with brown balding hair and brown eyes. He stands 5 feet, 10 inches tall. Police report that he was last seen during the week of May 25 by his visiting nurse.

Branford Police detective Lieutenant Arthur Kohloff says the missing man has an extensive medical history, which raises concerns for investigators.

Deveau has no immediate family in the area, which has complicated the search. The Branford Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating Deveau. Anyone with information is being asked to call Branford Police immediately at 203-481-4241.

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http://www.nhregister.com/articles/2013/07/11/news/shoreline/doc51ddfafc589a4748137251.txt?viewmode=fullstory

Prescription pills stolen from home of missing Branford man

Published: Thursday, July 11, 2013
By Evan Lips

BRANFORD >> Weeks after Crouch Road resident John Deveau, 61, was declared missing, court records show police arrested a man who lives next door after he allegedly broke into Deveau’s house and stole his prescription painkillers.

But police say the man they arrested in the theft of the painkillers, Thomas Chester Malinka, 43, who resides in a small house at 33 Crouch Road, Unit D, is not considered a suspect in Deveau’s disappearance.

Malinka was arrested June 10 and charged with burglary, larceny, possession of narcotics and use and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $500,000.

Adding to the mystery, Deveau went missing in the spring after he reported being the victim of an ATM larceny.

Deveau, who lives at 33 Crouch Road, Unit C, was reportedly last seen May 24. His name was entered into the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Missing and Unidentified Persons System on June 12. NamUs lists the circumstances of Deveau’s situation as “disappeared after reporting he was a victim in an ATM larceny of approximately $30,000.

“The suspect in the larceny is known to Deveau and was the last one to see Deveau, this suspect has ties to Bristol, Conn., New Britain, Conn., and Massachusetts.”

Police Capt. Geoffrey Morgan did not comment except to say that Malinka is not a suspect in Deveau’s disappearance.

Malinka’s arrest report in the theft of the painkillers indicates police seized one CVS Pharmacy prescription bag in Deveau’s name containing Tramadol, three plastic containers of prescription pills in Deveau’s name, nine Lanacane patches, hypodermic needles, cotton, used cotton balls and a spoon.

Also discovered in Malinka’s closet was a pair of brown and tan Chaps Docksider shoes, size 9.5, brand new with the tags attached.

Detectives allegedly had previously seen the exact same pair during a search of Deveau’s residence on June 7.

The report states police locked the door of Deveau’s Unit C home immediately after the June 7 search, while also indicating Deveau had filed a larceny report with police shortly before he was declared missing.

Detective Paul Perrotti, who filed Malinka’s arrest report, wrote investigators returned to Deveau’s residence on June 10 to both try to find Deveau and to investigate Deveau’s larceny claim.

Perrotti wrote that detectives arriving at the scene discovered Deveau’s house was unlocked.

“There was no forced entry and it appeared someone had used a key,” he added. “Taken from the residence that officers could determine was a laptop computer, personal papers and paperwork, as well as prescription pills.”

Police then filed a search and seizure warrant for Malinka’s residence, a visit that allegedly led to the discovery of Deveau’s prescription packaging — minus the pills — in Malinka’s trash can.

“When speaking with Thomas Malinka about the items in his residence he stated he had no idea how they got there and could not provide a valid reason as to why he possessed John Deveau’s property,” Perrotti wrote in his June 11 report. “The investigation regarding John Deveau as a missing person, as well as the larceny complaint that Deveau had filed are still under investigation at this time.”

Malinka’s uniform arrest report shows a PO box in his name in Bristol. His occupation is listed as a carpenter for TAZ, LLC. A check with the Secretary of the State of Connecticut’s Recording Division shows that TAZ, LLC, was formed in November 2011 under Malinka’s name, with a Bristol-based registering address of 52 Michael St.

The address, which the Bristol assessor’s office lists as a ranch-style residential home, is owned by Christine Malinka. A call placed to the house was unsuccessful as the number has been disconnected.

Branford property records list Deveau as the owner of both 33D and 33C Crouch Road, while a search into Malinka’s criminal history shows this was not his first brush with the law.

According to the Hartford Courant, Malinka was sentenced to eight years in jail in June 2004 after he pleaded guilty to felony robbery in a New Britain theft where he dragged two women with his car in a purse-snatching attempt. One woman, who had given birth through caesarean section just six days prior, was dragged 40 feet, breaking open the sutures in her stomach.

Malinka is due to return to Superior Court, New Haven Tuesday.

Police have urged anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Deveau to call 203-481-4241. He was described in a June 7 department press release as a white, 5 feet 10 inches tall, balding with brown hair and brown eyes, and with “an extensive medical history.”

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http://www.nhregister.com/general-news/20140610/branford-man-charged-with-murder-of-missing-neighbor

 

Branford man charged with murder of missing neighbor

 

POSTED: 06/10/14, 2:31 PM EDT

 

BRANFORD >> A local man has been charged with the murder of his neighbor who had been missing for more than a year, police said Tuesday.

 

Thomas Malinka, 44, of 33D Crouch Road, was charged in connection with the death and mysterious disappearance of John Deveau, 62, of 33C Crouch Road, Capt. Geoffrey Morgan said in a press release.

 

Malinka is currently incarcerated for other crimes. He was charged with murder and arraigned in state Superior Court in New Haven Tuesday morning. He is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail, Morgan said.

 

Deveau went missing on about May 24, 2013. The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System lists the circumstances of his situation as “disappeared after reporting he was a victim in an ATM larceny of approximately $30,000.”

 

Deveau had filed a larceny report with police shortly before he was declared missing.

 

Malinka was arrested on June 10, 2013, after he broke into Deveau’s house and stole his prescription painkillers, police said. He was charged with burglary, larceny, possession of narcotics and use and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

But police said at that time Malinka was not considered a suspect in Deveau’s disappearance.

 

Malinka’s June 10, 2013, arrest report shows police seized one CVS Pharmacy prescription bag in Deveau’s name containing Tramadol, three plastic containers of prescription pills in Deveau’s name, nine Lanacane patches, hypodermic needles, cotton, used cotton balls and a spoon.

 

Police also discovered a pair of brown and tan Chaps Docksider shoes, size 9½, brand new with the tags attached in Malinka’s closet. Detectives allegedly had previously seen the exact same pair during a search of Deveau’s residence on June 7, 2013.

 

Police said in a report they had locked the door of Deveau’s unit after searching it, and they noted that he had filed a report about the larceny. But when they returned June 10, police reportedly found the door to Deveau’s residence unlocked.

 

According to the Hartford Courant, Malinka was sentenced to eight years in jail in June 2004 after he pleaded guilty to felony robbery in a New Britain theft where he dragged two women with his car in a purse-snatching attempt. One woman, who had given birth through caesarean section just six days before, was dragged 40 feet, breaking open the sutures in her stomach.

 

Detective Lt. Arthur Kohloff, whose detectives lead the investigation, said they worked closely with Connecticut State Police and the New Haven office of the state’s attorney to bring the case to an arrest.

 

“This has been a very difficult case for the detectives; due to their continued perseverance they have been able to link Thomas Malinka to this crime,” Chief Kevin Halloran said.

 

Deveau’s body has not been found, Branford Seven reports.

 

According to state court records, charges of first-degree larceny, credit card theft, fraudulent use of an ATM, third-degree burglary, use of drug paraphernalia, possession of narcotics and sixth-degree larceny remain pending against Malinka. His next court appearance on those charges is set for June 19 in New Haven.

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