Search for NH woman resumes at crash site

Posted Jan. 08, 2010, at 9:35 p.m.

CLINTON, Maine — State police troopers, wardens on snowmobiles and search dogs returned on Friday to the scene of the disappearance of a New Hampshire woman, but no new leads about her whereabouts were generated.

Sarah Rogers, 29, of Barrington, N.H., hasn’t been heard from since Dec. 13 when her vehicle was found crashed in the median on Interstate 95 in Clinton. Footprints led away from the blue Scion in the snow and then disappeared in the southbound lane, leading authorities to believe she’d caught a ride. Rogers’ cell phone and purse were found at the scene, along with other personal belongings, but her wallet was missing.

Rogers left her husband and son no indication that she was leaving or where she was going, a Barrington police officer told the Bangor Daily News last month. There has been no activity in any of her financial accounts since her disappearance. Rogers left her home with a load of personal belongings and was dressed in shorts, dress shoes without socks and a spring jacket, according to a report this week by the Kennebec Journal. Bob Rogers, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., told the newspaper that his daughter has a history of bipolar disorder, as well as repeated episodes of leaving home suddenly without an apparent reason.

“I don’t know if she knew where she was headed,” said Bob Rogers, who added that his daughter’s illness had intensified recently.

Friday’s search focused on a mile-long stretch of highway around where Rogers’ vehicle was found. Part of the reason for the search was that Rogers’ parents have come to Maine looking for her, said Lt. Donald Pomelow.

“They wanted to see where her vehicle went off the road,” said Pomelow of Rogers’ parents. “They also want to know what our plans are from here.”

Pomelow said investigators have received seven reports from people who said they have seen Rogers in Maine.

“Some of them were overlapping, so they couldn’t all be her,” said Pomelow. “We’re still following up on all of them. We also have a number of places where we need to check video recordings [from security cameras].”

Pomelow said state police are planning a “larger search” in the area of Rogers’ disappearance in the coming days.

“We’ll continue looking until we have a reason not to,” he said.

Pomelow asked anyone with information about Rogers’ whereabouts to call Maine State Police at 800-452-4664.

Rogers, who has been known to use the alias “Marla Moon,” weighs about 110 pounds and has blond hair and hazel eyes.

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