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Divers finish day one of river search in 2001 disappearance of mother, daughter

Union Leader Correspondent

June 17. 2014 5:59PM
Dive teams search near the Vernon Dam in Hinsdale in the search for a mother and daughter last seen in 2001. (MEGHAN PIERCE/Union Leader Correspondent)

HINSDALE — Dive teams have finished the first day of a search of the Connecticut River for a mother and daughter last seen in 2001.

Speaking from the shores of the river Tuesday afternoon, Assistant Attorney General Benjamin J. Agati said there was nothing to report from the search at the Vernon Dam between Vernon, Vt., and Hinsdale.

Though the river has been searched in the past, new technology allows divers to get closer to the dam, Agati said. The searches are not because of any new leads or information, authorities said.

Divers from New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Vermont will return to the site Wednesday in the search for Tina Sinclair, and Bethany, who were last seen together in Chesterfield during the Feb. 3-4, 2001 weekend.

Tina Sinclair was 36 and Bethany was 15 when they disappeared.

Prior to that weekend, they had lived with Tina’s boyfriend, Eugene Van Bowman at his Chesterfield home at 182 Mountain Road.

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