Major Kevin Jordan or Lt. Robert Bryant: 603-271-3361
Jane Vachon: 603-271-3211
September 8, 2010
Update - September 15, 2010, 3:44 p.m.: At this time, Fish and Game has suspended the full-scale search for Waterville Valley resident Beth Upton; however, searches by organized search teams will continue periodically in areas of renewed interest.
Update - September 10, 2010, 3:15 p.m.: Waterville Valley resident Beth Upton remains missing on the third day of a full-scale search operation. Again today, more than one hundred searchers, plus K-9 teams and a National Guard helicopter unit, searched for Upton; as of 3:15 p.m., no new clues to her whereabouts have been discovered. Several line-search teams are still out. The search area has expanded to reach 1.5- 2 miles and beyond; searchers are also re-searching, from a different direction, areas that have already been covered. Searchers have been in close contact with Upton's family. Additional updates will be posted here as they become available.
IMPORTANT REMINDER: If you may have seen Beth Upton, please call the Waterville Valley Police at 603-236-8809.
Update - September 9, 2010, 8:30 a.m.: Searchers today are continuing efforts to find missing Waterville Valley resident Beth Upton. More than one hundred searchers are involved in a full-scale search operation. K-9 teams searched through the night, for the second night, without success.
Search Mounted for Elderly Woman Missing in Waterville Valley, NH; Public Urged to Notify Authorities of Any Possible Sightings
CONCORD, N.H. – The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department has launched a full-scale search for an elderly woman who has been missing since leaving her home for a walk Tuesday afternoon (September 7, 2010). Beth Upton, age 85, of 96 Boulder Path in Waterville Valley, N.H., went out for a walk at about 3 p.m., a typical activity for her. She has not been seen or heard from since. Her husband, Frederick Upton, reported her missing later that afternoon when she had not returned.
Searchers began looking for Upton Tuesday evening (September 7, 2010), with Fish and Game Conservation Officers, Waterville Valley Public Safety personnel, New England K-9 Search and Rescue teams, and Upper Valley Search and Rescue teams deployed. Searches continued through the night, systematically covering a grid three-quarters of a mile around the residence.
Today (September 8, 2010), the search was expanded into a full-scale operation involving nearly 50 search personnel conducting line searches throughout the area.
Upton is described as having short gray hair and a slight build; she is 5 feet, 3 inches tall and weighs about 130 pounds. (See photos at right.) Flyers with her photograph have been distributed in the Waterville Valley area.
Anyone who may have seen Beth Upton is asked to call the Waterville Valley Police at 603-236-8809 or N.H. Fish and Game Dispatch at 603-271-3361.
No further information is available at this time. Updates will be posted on the Fish and Game website as they become available.
For information on being safe while hiking and pursuing other outdoor recreation, and to learn the hiker responsibility code, please visit www.hikesafe.com.
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