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Star witness missing at Massena kidnapping trial

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CANTON — The key witness is missing in the trial of Patrick R. Lloyd and Miranda A. Green, the Massena couple who allegedly assaulted and attempted to kidnap another teen.

Catherine A. Berry, 18, Massena, is the teen who was at the heart of the incident Feb. 16 when Mr. Lloyd and Ms. Green allegedly shoved her to the ground before punching and kicking her in the face.

“My belief is that she was in the company of an associate of the defendant,” St. Lawrence County District Attorney Nicole M. Duvé said. “Her family can’t seem to locate her.”

The trial was adjourned Tuesday until Sept. 16.

Ms. Berry was issued a subpoena to appear in court at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday She had made no attempt at contacting the district attorney’s office, Ms. Duvé said.

“I told the judge that I didn’t believe that she would respond to the subpoena that she had been issued,” she said.

Ms. Duvé said that Canton private investigator Donald J. Tracy had been hired by the defense and that Ms. Berry had recanted her story that the couple assaulted and tried to kidnap her in a June 4 statement that she signed in front of Mr. Tracy.

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