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Search suspended for missing Barrington man

By JOHN QUINN
Union Leader Correspondent

August 27. 2012 11:17PM

BARRINGTON After conducting a thorough search this weekend, police are asking area residents for help finding a local man who went missing Friday.

Roy Chittum, 52, of 26 Estate Drive, was reported missing by his family, who is concerned for his safety and well-being as he is dealing with personal issues. The search began Friday after Chittums vehicle was found near the family home in Barrington Mobile Home Estates, off Franklin Pierce Highway Routes 9 and 202.

Police Chief Richard Conway said search parties led by N.H. Fish and Game personnel systematically scoured the thickly wooded area three-quarters of a mile around where Chittums vehicle was discovered for about 10 to 12 hours Friday and Saturday.

That part of the search has been suspended, Conway said, adding officials felt the search was thorough even though Chittum remains missing.

Conway said police want to locate Chittum to ensure he is safe but will not force him to return him home against his wishes. In that case, he added, police would let his family know he had been located.

He had a lot of personal issues, Conway said.

Conway said about a dozen people took part in the search Friday, and about 30 people and seven K-9 teams helped Saturday. He added teams of six or seven personnel conducted line searches as dogs trained in search and rescue worked behind them.

They worked the area extensively, Conway said.

Barrington police, Barrington firefighters and rescue personnel, Strafford Police, Strafford County Sheriffs Department, the New England Canine Search & Rescue Team, and the Upper Valley Wilderness Response Team also responded to help with the search.

It was very heavy terrain, Conway said, adding it was very rocky and overgrown.

Anyone with information about Chittum is encouraged to contact Barrington Police at 664-2700.


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