It’s been more than 11 months since 24-year-old Sabrina Hatheway of Worcester vanished. Three men are due in court in early December in connection with the matter.
Hatheway’s ex-boyfriend Kevin Crozier, 28, of Worcester, denies having anything to do with her disappearance, but was indicted by a Worcester County grand jury on arson and conspiracy charges in early March.
Following an arrest in Florida for a misdemeanor and as a fugitive of justice, Crozier appeared in court in April in Worcester and is being held without bail in the Worcester County Jail and House of Correction.
According to the Worcester County District Attorney’s office, Crozier will be in court again on Thursday, Dec. 10 — just ten days prior to the one-year mark of Hatheway’s disappearance.
Days after Crozier’s indictment in March, two other men — Scott Phelan, 29, of Millbury and Lionel Bermudez, 30, of Worcester — were also indicted on the same charges.
Phelan and Bermudez will appear in court Thursday, Dec. 3.
On Jan. 4, Hatheway was reported missing to the Worcester Police Department. By that time, she had been missing for 15 days.
Lori Bruski, regional administrator with the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUS) and case manager for Hatheway’s missing person case, told the Sun that the only information they have available to them is what is already available to be viewed on the NamUS website.
Hatheway was 23 when she went missing. She is white, roughly 5-foot-2 to 5-foot-4 and weighs between 110 and 130 pounds. She has brown eyes and had brown, shoulder-length hair. She has a tattoo on her chest that reads “Juliezer” with two angel wings.
According to NamUS, Hatheway was last seen on Dec. 21, 2014, with her ex-boyfriend, “whose house burned down January 1, 2015 and deemed arson.” The house, at 11 Dixfield Road, has since been condemned.
Worcester Police Sgt. Kerry Hazelhurst said that because it is an active investigation, he could not comment on the progress of the case at this time.
Worcester Police Detective William Pero is handling the Hatheway case.
“Find Sabrina Hatheway,” a Facebook page created by Hatheway’s mother Brenda (Kenadek) Hatheway and one of Hatheway’s cousins, hasn’t been updated since early September.
Multiple attempts to contact Hatheway’s family members, among others, were unsuccessful. However, Hatheway’s mother recently changed her Facebook profile picture depicting a white dove with a message about death and heartache.
Hatheway’s mother’s recent posts call for the state of Massachusetts to adopt the death penalty “… exspecially [sic] because what happend [sic] to Sabrina we all should take the time to realize that anyone of us could be next because most of the time killers only do 20 years then they get back and we are at risk…”
In an exclusive interview with this reporter last February, Crozier, of 11 Dixfield Road in Worcester (his grandmother’s home that he is charged with attempting to burn down), denied having any knowledge of Hatheway’s whereabouts.
Crozier said, “Sabrina had been gone for a week before [Dec. 21]. She left on [Dec. 13]. I didn’t hear from her or see her for a whole week until [Dec. 20]. She told me on [Dec. 13] ‘I’m not coming home now.’ She showed up with police and retrieved her stuff from my home. For that whole week before [Dec. 20], I have no idea where she was, who she was with, where she was going. I was sitting here stressed out for a week and I didn’t hear a word from her.”
According to Crozier, on Dec. 20 both he and Hatheway went to a friend’s house for a night of drinking. “We were there, we got drunk. A friend gave us a ride home. We went inside and I passed out. When I woke up in the morning, she was gone. This has happened before. She took off. I went to church. When I came home, I called her, Facebook messaged her, called her aunt and mom. Called her friends. No one had seen her, but this has happened before,” Crozier said.
Following their indictments in March, Phelan was held on $50,000 bail and Bermudez was sent to the Hector Reyes House for drug rehabilitation under personal recognizance and was subject to GPS monitoring.
Phelan posted bail at his court appearance on May 14, but appeared in court just four days later on charges of possession of heroin. He was sentenced to 30 days in the House of Correction.
This isn’t Crozier’s and Bermudez’ first time being tied to the same criminal case. In December 2012, they were in court on charges of intimidation of a witness and assault and battery.
Bermudez was also charged on the same day with driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with a suspended license, and was sentenced to 50 days in the House of Correction.
In August 2006, Crozier was arrested for assault and battery on an elderly man and pleaded guilty to armed assault with Intent to rob a person over the age of 60, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon on a person over the age of 60.
Crozier was sentenced to 3 to 5 years in the state penitentiary.
In early December 2014, just two weeks before Hatheway’s disappearance, Crozier was charged with assault and battery on a family/household member.