White Rock sheep's disappearance remains mystery

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The disappearance of Connor, 10, in Gorham last fall has left his flock mates scared, their owner says.

The disappearance of Connor, 10, in Gorham last fall has left his flock mates scared, their owner says.

GORHAM — A pet sheep’s disappearance from White Rock last fall leaves behind a mystery and easily spooked fold mates.

Janice Winsor, a fiber artist, said this week her 10-year-old, fixed male sheep,  named Connor, disappeared while she and her husband were at Fryeburg Fair.

Her remaining 10 sheep are still on edge when they know someone is approaching, she said.

“My other ones spook now until they hear my voice,” Winsor said. “They run like their butts are on fire.”

Connor’s disappearance is perplexing. Winsor checked the pasture fence and it was intact. Neighbors helped search nearby woods.

Connor disappeared without a trace. “We filed a police report,” said Winsor, a former SAD 6 elementary teacher.

She believes Connor was stolen, but she can’t figure out the motivation. “Someone was pretty bold,” she said. “Who would do this?”

Winsor described Connor as weighing about 100 pounds. He is a cross between a Coopworth and a Romney. She bought him as a lamb 10 years ago for $75.

The sheep are her pets and she uses their wool.

Since Connor’s disappearance, she has installed a surveillance system on the property. She did capture on camera the theft of a snowblower in December from her yard.

But the fate of Connor is unknown. “It’s very much a mystery,”Winsor said.

Robert Lowell can be reached at 854-2577 or rlowell@keepmecurrent.com