Police searching land in Northport for remains, evidence in case of missing woman

Posted April 25, 2011, at 2:22 p.m.
Elena Lozada
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Elena Lozada

NORTHPORT, Maine — Police continued their search Monday in Northport for more remains or evidence in connection with the death of 24-year-old Elena Lozada of Portland.

“The partial remains were found in Northport on April 16 on Route 52. Searchers were there today searching a property that is a several-acre plot. It’s a wooded area on 52,” said Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland.

“Investigators from Portland Police and the State Medical Examiner’s Officer also gathered this morning at the site to continue to search over several acres for clues on what happened to the woman,” McCausland wrote in a press release Monday.

Portland Police Department, The Maine Warden Service and the Maine Medical Examiner’s Office were at the plot of land Monday with dogs searching the area for more body remains and evidence.

No other details were available Monday afternoon.

According to Associate Press interviews with Lozada’s mother, Carrie Cronkite, Elena Lozada had been missing since last July when the young woman was kicked out of her apartment and needed money.

Cronkite said her daughter had been struggling with drug abuse and depression since her teens. Although Cronkite offered to send Lozada to a treatment facility, Lozada opted to hitch a ride to Boston instead. Soon after Lozada told her mother her plan, Cronkite reported Lozada missing.

“It’s been pure, crazy, nerve-wracking stress,” Cronkite said of the last nine months. “I haven’t been sleeping, my emotions are just going haywire. Every night, I would be on the Internet, searching for missing people, seeing if any bodies were found.”

A memorial service will be held 7 p.m. Friday, April 29, at The Family Christian Center, 112 Caribou Road, Presque Isle.

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