July 31. 2017 9:37PM

Mother pleads for missing son's safe return; $5k reward offered in Kensington case

By JASON SCHREIBER
Union Leader Correspondent


Barbara Marsden and her family held a news conference Monday outside Kensington Police Department seeking information leading to the safe return of Jacob Marsden. (Jason Schreiber/?Union Leader Correspondent)

KENSINGTON — In a tearful plea, Barbara Marsden stood in front of news cameras Monday afternoon and begged for her missing son to return home.

“You need to come home. You’re not in trouble,” she said as she asked for the public’s help to find Jacob Marsden, who was last seen on July 24.

“I love you, Jacob. Come home or just let us know you’re safe,” she said.

The family also announced a $5,000 reward for information leading to the whereabouts of the 23-year-old Kensington man.

Kensington Police Chief Scott Sanders released an image from surveillance cameras inside the Home Depot in Seabrook that showed Marsden walking through the store around 11:20 a.m. on July 24 — about 20 minutes before his cellphone was shut off.

Sanders said he was wearing green pants, gray sneakers and a gray long-sleeved shirt.

“Shortly after that time, Jacob’s phone (was) shut off and it has not been on since,” Sanders said.

Sanders also said that Marsden wasn’t in trouble and that his family and police just want to know that he’s OK.

He said Marsden had made statements that he might harm himself before he disappeared. (See related story, Page A5)

Sanders said police have no reason to suspect foul play.

Police have checked most of the known places where Marsden might be. Police spoke with family and others who know him from as far as away as Arizona and California. Sanders said it’s possible that he’s with someone who’s not well-known to his family and friends.

Police spent part of last week searching in Seabrook by air and ground after Marsden’s white Jeep Cherokee was found in the old fire station parking lot on Route 286.

While police are following up on leads, Sanders said the active ground search has ended.

Sanders said anyone with information can leave tips with the Kensington Police Department, 911, or through Seacoast Crime Stoppers at www.seacoastcrimestoppers.com, or by calling 431-1199. Tips can also be made anonymously.

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