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AG says body found in Unity is likely that of missing Charlestown woman


Investigators believe a body found in some woods in Unity Saturday is that of a Charlestown woman who disappeared 10 days ago.

Senior Assistant Attorney General Jane E. Young said last night the body is believed to be that of Kelly Robarge, 42, of 124 Happy Acres Road. Dental records will be used to verify the identity. An autopsy will be done Sunday.

The body was found off Britton Road in Unity.

Officials have been looking for Robarge since she was reported missing June 27. She was last seen late that morning, and there has been no communication with family or friends since.

Robarge's estranged husband, James Robarge, 43, of Rockingham, Vt., was arrested in Vermont Tuesday on unrelated motor vehicle charges after he called a local medical center to say he might hurt himself or others. He pleaded innocent to the charges in a Brattleboro, Vt., courtroom Wednesday. He is being held on $5,000 cash or surety bail.

The owner of Unity General Store said he saw three state police cruisers speed by on Second New Hampshire Turnpike with their blue lights on Saturday.

"There have been state cops flying up the road today," store owner Rob Spaulding said.

"I'm assuming they've got something going on."

He said he saw the first cruiser pass about 9 a.m. and the last one in the early afternoon.

He said officials searching along Second New Hampshire Turnpike last week appeared to be focusing their efforts on West Unity and the opposite end of the road toward Lempster.

Distraught over Robarge's disappearance, area residents have been anxious for authorities to find her, he added.

"This is horrible. Everybody wants closure...," Spaulding said.

Investigators declared Kelly Robarge's home a crime scene shortly after her disappearance. Scores of local, state and county officials have searched rural wooded areas, roadways and waterways in Charlestown, Claremont and Unity since then. Searches have also been done in border towns across the Vermont state line.

kmarchocki@unionleader.com

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