A Cape man who mysteriously disappeared with a friend from Kennebunkport, Maine, last week dreamed of a future designing and building boats.
Prescott Wright, 23, of Barnstable, Mass., and Zachary Wells, 21, of Burlington, Vt. — both students at the Landing School for boat builders in nearby Arundel — have not been seen since early last Thursday morning, Kennebunkport police said.
“It’s very, very strange,” Kennebunkport Police Chief Craig Sanford said. “There is nothing to indicate foul play,” nor do the police have any clues as to where the men might have gone, he said.
The men were last seen at Wells’ residence, an antique Cape house located near marshes and a sheltered bay at 5 Mills Road in Kennebunkport.
There is no evidence the men went into the water in the frigid wee hours, but searchers are not overlooking that possibility, Sanford said.
The house is close to Sampson Cove and there’s a pier down the road, said Sara Willicka of the Cape Porpoise Kitchen, also on Mills Road, where Wright drops in occasionally for sandwiches.
Friends told police that Wright and Wells were part of a small gathering of friends Thursday drinking beer and possibly other liquor, Sanford said.
They may have been intoxicated, but it was not like “an outrageous frat party,” he said.
Somebody noticed that the men were missing around 4 a.m., Sanford said.
According to a report by WCVB, only one of the men had a vehicle and it was still in the driveway.
After Landing School officials notified authorities Friday that the men had not been in class for two days, police and other searchers looked for them by roadsides, marshes and in tidal markers along the coastline, Sanford said.
He said family and friends of the two men have arrived from their hometowns and are possibly hiring a private investigator.
“They are desperate parents,” Sanford said.
Wright’s parents live in Cummaquid and Barnstable.
A Coast Guard helicopter searched the nearby waters and a Maine Warden Service plane joined the effort Sunday, he said.
The seas have been too rough for the Maine Marine Patrol to launch a boat, but one is scheduled to be sent out today, Sanford said.
The disappearance of the two young men has rattled the Landing School, whose total enrollment is 70 students with an average age of 27, school President Robert DeColfmacker said in a phone interview.
Wright is studying yacht design and Wells is taking courses on marine systems, he said.
“It’s a close group of friends and classmates,” DeColfmacker said. “We’re all very concerned. We’re very worried about their welfare.”
Photos of Wright on his Facebook page indicate his love of the sea, showing him on boats and, in one shot, holding two live lobsters.
Friday was the last day of classes before the Christmas break, DeColfmacker said. He said he hopes when students return it is to good news about Wright and Wells.
“Both of them are outgoing, friendly students,” he said.
Wright is described as 6 feet, 4 inches tall, with brown hair, blue eyes and a weight of about 200 pounds.
Wells is described as 5 feet, 8 inches, with black hair and hazel eyes. He weighs about 150 pounds.
Anyone with information about the men is asked to call the Kennebunkport police at 967-2454.
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