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Dive teams searching Connecticut River in Hinsdale for Chesterfield mother, daughter missing for 13 years

June 17. 2014 12:37PM

HINSDALE — Dive teams from three states are at the Vernon Dam on the Connecticut River looking for the bodies of a mother and teenage daughter who went missing more than 13 years ago from Chesterfield.

State Attorney General Joseph A. Foster, State Police Col. Robert Quinn, and Fish and Game Col. Martin Garabedian said Tuesday that divers from New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Vermont are at the site today and will be there tomorrow.

Investigators also will be searching the area for the missing mother and daughter, 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.

Tina Sinclair last went to her job and Bethany last attended school on Feb. 2, 2001.

State officials said the ongoing searches are not because of any new leads or information.

Instead, while dives were conducted on the Connecticut River in the past, new techniques, training, and resources gained over the past few years have made it possible to search additional areas not previously accessible.

In addition to the state Fish and Game Dive Team, and the State Police Marine Patrol Unit, the New Hampshire Cold Case Unit is thankful for the additional assistance from the Massachusetts State Police Underwater Recovery Team and the Vermont State Police SCUBA Team in conducting these searches.

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