What was perceived as a death threat by former Oak Bluffs health worker Meegan Lancaster remains a mystery to Oak Bluffs police after an investigation. Lancaster, who said she has drawn slanderous criticism over the work the board of health has done on regulating per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), found 10mm casings in his personal tote bag at home on February 5. She quit her job shortly after the discovery.
Lancaster had previously told The Times that she didn’t know why anyone would put casings in her bag, but her main suspicion was that it might be related to the board of health’s PFAS work, or the high school athletics project. , which has been engulfed in the PFAS debate. A police report said she had drawn criticism on social media because of her work on the pandemic. Lancaster said the tote had been at work with her at the temporary town hall, interconnecting trailers used while a major renovation of the town hall was underway.
Lancaster reported the casings to Oak Bluffs police on February 6.
“Lancaster explained that she was able to view video footage of the town hall and did not observe anything unusual with respect to people entering her office,” a report read. “Lancaster said the only person she knows with guns is her friend’s husband. Lancaster asked her friend’s husband about the cartridges and learned that he did not own a gun using 10mm ammunition. Lancaster then said there was a hate-style Facebook group about her because she was the Oak Bluffs health worker. Lancaster said that while carrying out her duties related to COVID, some people had developed a dislike for her Lancaster said she had screenshots of that group.
In an interview with Det. Timothy Millerick and Sgt. Daniel Cassidy on February 8, police initially focused on the bag and the discovery of casings.
“It’s a bag she’s used occasionally, but was last in her office around Christmas,” a report read. “I asked Lancaster if she picked up the casings with her bare hands, and she replied that she did, and so did her husband. Lancaster said: “I didn’t realize what they were until I moved the flap to the bottom of the bag.” Lancaster said she threw up because of it and felt attacked by all the backlash of her job as a health worker of the Oak Bluffs board of directors. Lancaster recently dealt with controversial issues regarding the grass pitch project and the fight against the COVID pandemic. Lancaster said she received the tote bag from her mother. His mother got him from one of the foster dog organizations on the island.
Lancaster’s mother won the bag in a coin toss, according to a report. When asked if the casings might have been in the bag under a flap all along, a report says Lancaster thought they might have been, but “believes they were placed later.”
The report further states that Lancaster believed someone may have looked around his office.
“Lancaster said her office was unable to lock before Christmas and she felt some of her belongings were misplaced. For this reason, Lancaster has secured the grass court file in another office which has been secured. Lancaster now has keys to secure his office, but works primarily from home,” a report read.
“In Lancaster’s written statement,” a report reads, “she stated that she checked the period camera footage and observed nothing out of the ordinary. It should be noted that the tote bag has not been in the office since around Christmas and that he was located on February 5, 2022.”
Det. Millerick asked Lancaster “if anyone who came to the house had a gun, and she replied, ‘No,'” a report read. Det. Millerick also asked Lancaster “if maybe she had gone to shoot with someone who might have had that caliber,” a report said. “Lancaster said she hasn’t been shooting since moving to the island.”
On February 23, Det. Millerick then interviewed Lancaster’s administrative assistant, deputy city administrator, and city administrator, and found little to go on. Det. Millerick asked the administrative assistant if the raffle tote bag was from an animal shelter she was associated with. She said no.
“The administrative assistant was asked about this because she works for another animal shelter, and…her husband is the vice-president of the Rod and Gun Club,” a report read. The administrative assistant “said her husband did not have that caliber”.
Det. Millerick contacted two people licensed to sell weapons and ammunition on the vineyard, Acting Lt. Nicholas Curelli told The Times. Det. Millerick’s report indicates that he found no one six months earlier who could have purchased such ammunition.
In his interview with Deputy City Administrator Det. Millerick learned that City Hall and the police department shared the same housekeeper, who was described as “very trustworthy.”
The deputy city administrator told Det. Millerick that she wasn’t sure if all the temporary town hall offices had the same key.
She further stated that “several offices were left unlocked as the main building was still secure,” a report states, and “her office was still locked as she is in charge of all HR records.”
The deputy city administrator also told Det. Millerick, there were no cameras inside the temporary town hall.
Det. Millerick spoke with a representative of the animal shelter where the tote allegedly came from. No actionable information appears to have been found in this conversation.
“Based on the information provided and the extensive timeline of events, I have found no leads or suspects at this time,” a report read. “I informed Lancaster of the same. Lancaster agreed and thanked me for my efforts.
Acting Lt. Curelli told The Times the case was “closed pending further information. Any relevant new information will reopen it.
Lancaster could not immediately be reached for comment on the police investigation.