Chief defends actions in missing woman case

Posted March 16, 2010, at 1:24 p.m.

A New Hampshire police chief is defending his department’s handling of the case of a missing woman who died from apparent exposure in Maine.

The family of Sarah Rogers says Barrington police knew she was a threat to herself and others because she had become distraught after going off her medication for bipolar disorder. They say police delayed issuing a bulletin for out-of-state police to be on the lookout.

Maine State Police say they would’ve searched harder when they found her abandoned car on Dec. 13 if they’d known about the background. Her body was found last weekend.

Barrington Police Chief Richard Conway said that officers acted appropriately based on what was known and “as the information developed we acted differently.”