CLINTON, Maine — The body of a missing New Hampshire woman was found Saturday afternoon within a half-mile of where her car was discovered on Interstate 95 in December, Maine State Police said Sunday.
The body of Sarah Rogers, 29, of Barrington, N.H., was discovered at about 2 p.m. near Mutton Lane overpass, Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said. Rogers disappeared after an automobile accident on the interstate Dec. 13.
There were no signs of foul play, McCausland said. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday at the state medical examiner’s office in Augusta.
“She had shed some of her clothing, which are telltale signs of hypothermia, but we’ll wait for the [report from the] medical examiner,” McCausland said.
Douglas Hillman, a resident of Clinton who owns 40 acres near the location of Rogers’ body, found her on a neighbor’s property. Hillman declined when reached by phone Sunday to identify the landowner.
Rogers’ body was found in an area off the southbound lane of the interstate near the overpass, in a wooded area near power lines.
McCausland said a large-scale search of the area had been scheduled for several weeks from now.
Hillman said he and some of his family decided to walk his property Saturday to look for any sign of the missing woman. Soon after starting the search he found a brown leather jacket and immediately called state police, he said.
Trooper Rick Moody of State Police Troop C in Skowhegan responded, McCausland said.
Hillman said more clothing was found after Moody’s arrival, and a short time later Hillman discovered Rogers’ body.
“She was in real good condition because she’s been frozen and covered up by snow,” said Hillman, who believes there may have been as much as 2 feet of snow in the area until it melted. “No animals had gotten to her. … I’m just glad we did find her, because it does give the family some closure.”
Several hours after Rogers’ disappearance in December, a Maine State Police trooper found her blue Scion vehicle in the I-95 median strip in Clinton amid snowy conditions, according to a Dec. 30 Bangor Daily News story. Rogers apparently lost control of the vehicle while heading north. Footprints leading away from the car and disappearing in the southbound lane had led authorities to believe Rogers was picked up by a passing motorist.
According to a January report in the Kennebec Journal, Bob Rogers of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., said his daughter had a history of bipolar disorder, as well as repeated episodes of leaving home suddenly for no apparent reason.
McCausland said Sunday there was no reason to believe Rogers’ disappearance was unrelated to those issues.