Contractor Says Janet March’s Demeanor Changed In Days Before Her Disappearance
Originally Published: September 15, 2005
Dayton Blair was hired by Perry and Janet March to do some work on their home, and although he's never spoken to police, what he told NewsChannel 5 raises new questions about the case against Perry in his wife's death.
Just before Janet March's disappearance in August of 1996, she and her husband Perry were having renovations done to their Forest Hills home.
Janet March was personally supervising the work, which involved dozens of contractors.
"They were removing carpet, pulling up hardwood floors, replacing stairways," contractor Dayton Blair said.
Blair was repairing stucco, and he said to this day, he remembers a change in Janet's demeanor just before her mysterious disappearance.
"She would not do anything. She'd just sit on the steps and look at the floor. She would barely walk around the house. She would go into the kitchen area a little bit and then back and stand in the middle of the room waiting," Blair said. "Mr. March would talk and Janet wouldn't even look at you. She wouldn't even look up at you or want to talk or worry about what color the walls were or what they were doing at all to the house."
Blair said he didn't think anything of it until police arrived to search the house on August 29th. He said that's when he learned Janet disappeared two weeks earlier.
The renovations on the home were canceled, and the contractors were sent home without being questioned.
"No one ever questioned us at all...the police or anyone, about anything," said Blair.
Blair said he is aware that nine years after Janet March's disappearance, her husband Perry March is charged with her murder, even though no body has been found.
Blair has heard the theories and isn't sure what to believe, but said there were ways to get rid of a body during the renovations to the home.
"I would say if he was going to dispose of it, they poured new concrete in the driveway, and then they got the dumpsters and they got the wood chippers. So you've got a variety of separate little things you could have done. There were probably three or four loads gone to the dump before they even knew she was missing."
Blair said he is willing to talk with detectives about what he remembers. He said he doesn't know what happened to Janet March, but that if anything he remembers might help police solve the mystery of her disappearance, he would like to help.
Perry March will be in court next Thursday for a bond hearing.
Prosecutors have said little so far about the evidence against March, but that hearing could provide the first look inside the details of the case.