NORTHPORT, Maine — Police have wrapped up their search of a wooded lot in Northport for remains or any evidence related to the death of 24-year-old Elena Lozada of Portland.
“We made some recoveries. We’re happy we searched it pretty well,” Portland Police Lt. Gary Rogers said Tuesday morning. “It’s a big area. It’s several acres of forested area.”
Investigators with the Portland police, Maine Medical Examiner’s Office and Maine Warden Service searched the area with dogs on Monday looking for any clues about what happened to Lozada. It was the second search of the area this month, and, according to Rogers, it’s likely the last search of that area. The first foray on April 16 was also fruitful for the police, who called the area of Route 52 in Northport a crime scene.
Rogers could not release any details about what exactly was recovered. He also could not say if any charges are pending or whether there are any suspects in the case.
But, “the case remains suspicious,” he said.
The Maine Medical Examiners Office, which took custody of all the remains is not releasing any information about the circumstances of Lozada’s death.
According to Associated Press interviews with Lozada’s mother, Carrie Cronkite reported her daughter missing in July shortly after the young woman was kicked out of her apartment and asked her for 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.