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Missing Manchester woman may have been seen in Epping


Union Leader Correspondent

September 25. 2015 9:47PM


EPPING — The search for a Manchester woman missing since Sunday led police to an Epping restaurant Thursday after workers reported seeing a person matching the description.

Epping Police Chief Michael Wallace said his department received a call Thursday afternoon concerning a customer who visited Roselynn Homemade Ice Cream on Route 27.

Workers told police that the woman matched the description of 57-year-old Sue Hutchinson, whose family reported her missing after becoming concerned for her welfare.

Dorene Heselton, who works at the Epping restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and ice cream, said Friday that she and other workers weren’t aware of the missing person report until about 10 minutes after the woman left when they happened to notice her photo with a story on the New Hampshire Union Leader’s Facebook page.

“She came in and she seemed very confused,” Heselton said Friday.

The woman, who showed up around 1:30 p.m., walked over to the board with the day’s specials and when workers asked if she was going to order something she told them she didn’t know.

She eventually ordered ice cream.

“She said she was in a hurry and said she wasn’t from the area. She was definitely in a hurry and she was definitely confused and left relatively quickly with her ice cream,” Heselton said.

When she saw Hutchinson’s picture, Heselton said she immediately recognized the woman.

“If it wasn’t her, she was her twin, right down to the glasses,” she said.

Workers told police that the woman left in a silver car, but they were unable to determine whether it was the same 2005 silver 5-series BMW that Manchester police said she may be driving.

The workers also didn’t get a license plate number and didn’t know if the woman was alone or with someone else.

Manchester police have said they weren’t sure if Hutchinson was traveling with another person.

According to Wallace, Epping police were unable to make contact with the woman.

Police are asking the public to remain on the lookout for Hutchinson.

Anyone with information on Hutchinson’s whereabouts is asked to call Manchester police at 668-8711 or the Manchester Police Crimeline at 624-4040.

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