Police pursue Parisot case to California

Wilton police have reached out to law enforcement in California for assistance in their efforts to solve the homicide investigation into the 2008 death of Nick Parisot.

According to an article that appeared in The Orange County Register last week, "Connecticut investigators have recently reached out to Placentia police detectives, (Capt. John) Lynch said, believing that 'certain people' in Orange County may have information about the case, although they aren't sure if those people were directly involved or not."

"People do talk, and someone may have heard something or someone may have said something," Capt. Lynch is quoted as saying, adding, "We are kind of a small community, a close community, and this is very sensitive. It is a priority to resolve this."

Nick Parisot died June 13, 2008 when he struck a rope tied across a trail where he was riding his off-road motorcycle. He died of neck trauma.

There were no eyewitnesses and police conducted numerous interviews during the course of their investigation and indicated they had "a person of interest" who was not identified. Wilton police attempted to bring the case before a grand jury but that request was denied.

"While we believe that most of the individuals who have been interviewed have cooperated to the best of their ability, we are disappointed with the lack of cooperation to date by some," Wilton Police Chief Michael Lombardo said in 2010.

In June 2009, the Parisot family filed a civil lawsuit against the family of Glenn and Barbara Knight, alleging their son, who was 12 at the time, was responsible for Nick's death. The Knights sold their home in Wilton and moved to Placentia in 2010, according to The Register. The boy is now 17.

Wilton Police Lt. Donald Wakeman told The Bulletin on Wednesday, "There is no change in the status of the case, as it has been, and remains, a priority to this department.

"The department will pursue the investigation wherever it takes us. There may be one or more subjects in Orange County, Calif., who may have information related to our investigation and we are actively seeking information with the assistance of law enforcement in California.

"We ultimately hope to learn further information that will help us solve this case."