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Few Clues in Case of Lawyer Who ‘Dropped off the Grid’

Posted Oct 15, 2007 8:02 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Police are baffled by the disappearance of lawyer Jonathan Hoyt.

The Clinton, Conn., lawyer has not been seen since July, when he left a note to his son confessing to embezzling money from clients, the Connecticut Law Tribune reports. Hoyt had struggled with finances and battled depression before his disappearance.

Clinton police originally investigated, but since the case is more than 30 days old it is now being handled by state police. Hoyt may have taken as much as $700,000 from about a dozen clients, said the policeman who first oversaw the probe, Clinton Sgt. Joseph Flynn.

He told the Connecticut Law Tribune that Hoyt has "totally dropped off the grid" and has not used his credit card or cell phone. He says he doesn’t know if Hoyt is dead or alive.

"I wouldn’t be surprised either way, at this point," he said. "There's a good chance he's offed himself, but I don't know how or where. It's pretty baffling."

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