Patric McCarthy was a 10 year old boy on vacation with his father, Stephen and his stepmother Margaret – known as “Max” and her two sons Gabe, age 12 and Noah, age 7.
The family had finished their vacation and were packing up – when their father let the boys go out to play. – with them wandering down to the playground at the neighboring resort “The Village at Loon Mountain”. A short time later the boys returned without Patric.
I spent many years going to the Village at Loon Mountain, and the area is generally safe and I like to think of it that way, but even I feel that there are certainly suspicious elements to the case and some toxic family dynamics. Whether or not you believe Patric’s death was an accident or murder, it’s clear that was true.
First, Patric’s relationship with the other boys seemed to have challenges. Patric’s mother is reported to alluding to sexual comments made by the older boy, Gabe, and has reported that she had asked the father to make certain that Patric was supervised in the boy’s company, which he admittedly did not do on this day. Max did admit, in an article, that Gabe made a reference to oral sex when the younger boys were keeping him awake – I’m not sure what that reference could be or how it was used that makes a lot of sense in that context.
The boy also made a strange confession to assaulting Patric after he was found, pushing him down and sitting on him when questioned which is certainly suspicious thing to say. At more than double his size this could certainly have injured Patric and would explain the odd positioning of his body.
The even-then divorced parents of Patric McCarthy do not seem to agree on much but they both seem to believe that murder was the cause of his death, and both have referenced this assault in further areticles.
Not surprisingly, Max and Stephen divorced soon after. Stephen then married a former babysitter. Max disputes that Gabe has any involvement in the death of Patric. She and her children now reside in Ohio. She feels that Gabe was a scared 12 year old boy who had just lost his stepbrother, and he was unfairly characterized as a bully. For what it’s worth the authorities largely seem to believe that the case is a tragic accident and have listed the cause of death as hypothermia.
Patric’s body was missing his jacket – a brand new hockey jacket that he had received for his birthday, He was also missing a sock and his cap. His body was located 2 miles up the steep Whaleback mountain, face down and arms crossed against his chest. His clothes were wet except for his back. This is also not the typical position for a victim on hypothermia who investigators say are more usually found in a fetal position for warmth.
A huge source of contention and suspicion in this case is the 2 different reports regarding the state of Patric’s body when it was found. The differing information caused distrust and is still a source of contention to this day. The reports are located here: http://patricmccarthy.org/the-truth-in-the-death-of-patric-mccarthy/discrepencies-between-the-external-exam-by-rosemary-swain-and-the-autopsy-report-by-dr-thomas-andrews/
Authorities in the case have stuck to the theory that Patric merely got lost, and died from exposure. They deny there is evidence to suggest homicide despite several reviews that have occurred due to pressure from Patric’s parents in the years that followed.
Patric was laid to rest at Monument Beach Cemetary in Bourne, Massachusetts.