Sketch Released, Police Seek Assistance in Abigail Hernandez Case

This is the sketch police have released in the Abigail Hernandez case. Click for a large image.

Attorney General Joseph A. Foster, Conway Police Chief Edward Wagner, New Hampshire State Police Colonel Robert Quinn and FBI Supervisory Senior Resident Agent in Charge William Scott O’Donnell announce that they are seeking information regarding the identity of the man depicted in the attached sketch. Law enforcement authorities have been provided information from Abigail Hernandez that the man depicted in the sketch drove her away on October 9, 2013, between 2:20 and 3:00 pm. At the time, the man was driving a navy blue pick-up truck on North South Road in Conway, north of the rotary. Abigail described the man as having darkish skin, dark brown eyes, black stubble facial hair, and a large build, who was slightly overweight and slightly taller than she was (5’4”).

While the investigation remains on-going, law enforcement authorities are still attempting to ascertain and confirm information as to whether this man or any others who may have been involved with Abigail’s disappearance took her against her will, enticed her away, detained her or concealed her whereabouts for the last nine months. As law enforcement authorities have maintained throughout this investigation, Abigail was 14 years old at the time of her disappearance and had no known means to facilitate her disappearance on her own or provide herself with food, shelter and other necessities over the past nine months. It is a felony for any person to take, (or cause to) entice away, detain or conceal any child under the age of 18 who is unrelated by blood. Should the investigation reveal evidence that a crime was committed, in regard to any aspect of this investigation, then all appropriate charges will be brought.

Attorney General Foster said, “We are all pleased Abigail was returned safely to her family. Law enforcement officers must now obtain satisfactory answers to the questions surrounding the facts and circumstances of Abigail’s disappearance and nine month absence. The individual or individuals who were involved with her disappearance and absence will now have to face the consequences of any unlawful actions. Finding these answers and assuring the perpetrator is brought to justice will help ensure a similar act is not committed against another child.”

Because the investigation is on-going and there remain many unanswered questions regarding this case, the public is reminded to remain vigilant.

Anyone who recognizes the man depicted in the attached sketch is asked to contact the New Hampshire State Police at (603) 271-3636 or the Conway Police Department at (603) 356-5715.


Motor Vehicle Off Roadway in Epping NH

On May 5, 2014 at approximately 0718 hours, Troopers from the New Hampshire State Police-Troop A barracks responded to a vehicle off the roadway on Route 101 eastbound in the Town of Epping, NH.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2000 GRWW Crane, being driven by Merrill Johnson, age 75, of Hooksett, NH, sustained a blowout to the right front tire, causing it to go off the right side of the roadway into the tree line. No injuries were reported.

It will be necessary to close the right travel lane on Route 101 eastbound as crews remove the vehicle.  This closure is expected to last approximately 1 hour, beginning  around 0845 hours.

Assisting the New Hampshire State Police-Troop A at the scene was the New Hampshire State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit.

This incident remains under investigation by Trooper Anthony Cattabriga.  Anyone with information pertaining to this collision is asked to contact Trooper Cattabriga, NH State Police- Troop A at (603)223-8490.


NH Fish and Game Issues Warning About Life-Threatening Polar Plunge Activities

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department today issued an urgent warning about potential danger associated with a statewide, social media-driven craze enticing teens to jump into frigid icy waters. Responding to the “Polar Plunge” dare, young people are jumping, dressed only in summer swimwear and without life vests, into frigid New Hampshire lakes and ponds, as well as fast-flowing rivers and streams coursing with snow melt. An insidious aspect of the trend is that participating youth must dare five other youth to take part, creating a fast-growing phenomenon with enormous potential for tragic outcomes.

Recent information received by the Fish and Game Department indicated that today (April 14, 2014), a large number of North Country youth had reportedly made plans to jump into the raging Connecticut River. Right now, the Connecticut River is boiling with fast, high water from the spring snow melt, with chunks of ice and debris coursing past.

Members of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Dive Team, who are responsible for drowning recovery operations in the state, are very concerned about the unsanctioned Polar Plunge activities youth are engaging in. “We are strongly urging youth not to participate, and we are asking families and community members to stay alert,” said Conservation Officer and Fish and Game Dive Team Member Glenn Lucas. “The potential for life-threatening incidents to occur, because of the Polar Plunge trend, is huge.”

Lucas noted that even when ice is not visible on top of the water, there can be ice below that can easily cause a slip into dangerous fast-moving water. In one recent incident recorded on Facebook, two New Hampshire teenage girls jumped into Garland Brook in Lancaster, slipped on the ice and were nearly swept into the current without life jackets.

According to the N.H. Marine Patrol, immersion in cold water can quickly render even a good swimmer helpless within minutes. Even short amounts of time exposed to the rigors of frigid water can exacerbate hypothermic effects. Hypothermia is an abnormally low body temperature, often caused by prolonged exposure to cold. Symptoms of hypothermia can include shivering, a lack of fine or gross motor skills, slurred speech, stumbling, confusion, poor decision making, drowsiness or low energy, apathy, loss of consciousness, weak pulse and/or shallow breathing. Those suffering from the effects of hypothermia may not be aware this is taking place. A person experiencing hypothermia while in the water is at a greater risk of injury or drowning.


Solicitation Warning to Residents

The Londonderry Fire Department and Town Hall are aware that there is a company or individual who is soliciting funds and donations. They are implying that they are a representative of the Londonderry Fire Department. The Londonderry Fire Department however is not holding any fundraisers or making any calls. If you receive or have received  a phone call, you are urged to call and report it to the Londonderry Fire Department immediately, along with any other information you might have. (603)432-1124.


Propane Truck Causes Major Delays, Evacuations in Manchester

New Hampshire State Police are expecting the cleanup from a rollover this morning in Manchester on Interstate 93 Northbound to take several hours. They have released the following statement, asking motorists to avoid the area and seek alternate routes.

Because of the Propane truck rollover on I293 N/B at mm 9.8 on the Manchester/Hooksett border, we are asking motorists to seek alternate routes of travel.  It is anticipated that this area will be affected for several hours.

One southbound lane of travel is shut down as they prepare to off load the propane from the truck.  When the truck begins to be moved, The New Hampshire State Police along with DOT will need to shut down both north and southbound lanes of travel.

Manchester PD is currently assisting the NHSP be evacuating occupants living in a half mile radius of this crash for precautionary measures.  The NHSP will continue to update as things progress.

Please seek alternate routes of travel.



Manchester Police Searching for Suspects in Armed Robberies

Two of which have just occurred at Union St/Salmon St and Pearl St/Hall St

2:50pm November 5th, 2013

The Manchester Police Department is searching for two armed men believed to be responsible for several armed robberies that have occurred in our City in the last 24 hours. Both men are reportedly armed with handguns and should be considered very dangerous.

The suspects are described as black males in their twenties, one taller than the other. One wore a dark sweatshirt with a log on the front, a knit hat and sunglasses. The second wore a gold, checkered jacket with a hood.

They were last seen leaving the area in an older, dirty, dark red sedan, possibly a Toyota Camry, bearing an unknown temporary registration with black digits, zip-tied to the rear bumper area. The vehicle was operated by a Hispanic female.

If anyone sees these individuals or this vehicle, do not approach- call 911 immediately!

If you see the suspects or their vehicle call 911 immediately. Do not approach!