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October 8, 2012

Missing Rochester Man Is Found Safe in Strafford

CONCORD, N.H. – The search for a missing Rochester man in Strafford concluded successfully today when the man was found safe, camping about a half-mile from his car, which was parked near the intersection of Johnsonboro Road and Route 202-A in Strafford. The man, identified as Francis Drown, age 54, of Rochester, had been reported missing by his family.  Drown had not had contact with family members since 4 p.m. on Friday, October 5, 2012.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department was notified at 8 p.m. on Sunday night (October 7, 2012) that Drown was missing and had possibly been seen near his vehicle at about 9 a.m. on Saturday on the Johnsonboro Road in Strafford. Fish and Game Conservation Officers, along with Strafford Police and Fire departments, responded and began to search for him. Search efforts were underway throughout the night and into the early morning hours of Monday, October 8, 2012.  K-9 handlers from the Rochester Police Department and the Strafford County Sheriff's Office assisted with the Sunday night search.

The search effort resumed at 9 a.m. on Monday, October 8, 2012, with Fish and Game Conservation Officers, Strafford Police and Fire personnel, along with volunteers from the Upper Valley Search and Rescue Team and dog teams from New England K-9 Search & Rescue. Searchers combed a large wooded area near where Drown's vehicle had been located.

At 11:37 a.m., a volunteer search team comprised of a New England K-9 Search & Rescue handler and an Upper Valley Search and Rescue Team member found Drown camping in the woods about a half-mile from his vehicle. He was unaware that a large search effort had been underway on his behalf for two days. 

No further information is available at this time.

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