Search fails to find two men who disappeared last week

Posted Dec. 26, 2012, at 2:37 p.m.
Last modified Dec. 26, 2012, at 5:03 p.m.
Zachary Wells
Kennebunkport Police Department
Zachary Wells
Prescott Wright
Kennebunkport Police Department
Prescott Wright

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine — Maine Marine Patrol units took to the waters off Cape Porpoise on Wednesday to search for two men who have been missing since late last week but did not find them.

Chief Craig Sanford of the Kennebunkport Police Department said sonar equipment and dive units were used to search for Zachary Wells, 21, of Burlington, Vt., and Prescott Wright, 23, of Barnstable, Mass.

Clothing belonging to one of the men was found in the area of Cape Porpoise on Christmas Eve.

Dive teams completed their efforts at 4 p.m., and the search turned up nothing, Sanford said later Wednesday.

The sonar equipment marked a couple of areas requiring closer inspection, the chief said, but nothing was found in either location.

With a major snowstorm bearing down on the state, water search operations will be suspended indefinitely, according to Sanford.

“Seas are expected to be rough for some time,” he said. “The Marine Patrol will continue with routine patrol missions in the area involving the case as needed.”

Wells and Wright are students at the Landing School, a marine institution in Arundel.

The tight-knit school, which has an enrollment of 70 students, is standing by the families of Wells and Wright.

“All of us in the Landing School community are deeply saddened by the recent news that clothing was found offshore near Cape Porpoise Harbor that may have belonged to one of our two missing students, Zachary Wells and Prescott Wright,” the school said in a statement Wednesday.

Officials at the school are cooperating with authorities in the investigation.

“Since this tragedy occurred, we have worked closely with police and marine patrol on the investigation,” the statement said. “We have also met personally with Zach and Prescott’s families, and will continue to offer whatever support we can to all family, staff and friends.”

Anyone who wants to report any unusual sightings along the coast should contact Kennebunkport police at 967-2454.

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