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May 13, 2009              

Searches Underway for Potential Drowning Victim; Overdue Maine Hikers

CONCORD, N.H. -- A search began midday yesterday (Tuesday, May 12, 2009) in Stratford, N.H., for 67-year-old Richard Robinson Sr. of Stratford.  Robinson was reportedly last seen on the bank of the Connecticut River at about 11:00 a.m. that day.
It is feared he may have drowned.

New Hampshire Fish and Game Department Conservation Officers, N.H. State Police and Stratford Fire Department personnel performed a coordinated land and river search for Robinson until nightfall Tuesday.  Teams combed the riverbanks and the nearby woods, while Conservation Officers searched using boats and the N.H. State Police helicopter scanned the river for miles from the air.  Tuesday's search yielded no sign of Robinson.  The search is continuing today (Wednesday, May 13, 2009), with the addition of search dog teams from New England K-9 Search and Rescue and the N.H. Fish and Game Dive Team. 

Another search operation is also underway today (May 13, 2009) in Chatham, N.H.  Rescuers are looking for two women hikers from Maine, Hannah Groom and Shannon Episcopo, both in their early twenties, who were due to return from a hike yesterday and have not been seen.  Their vehicle was located in North Chatham by one of the girls' fathers.  N.H. Fish and Game was notified early this morning.  Fish and Game Conservation Officers are currently concentrating their search in the Baldface Mountain area, which is in the White Mountains near the Maine/New Hampshire border.

No further information about these incidents is available at this time.

For information on being safe while hiking, visit www.hikesafe.com.

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