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    CT - Patricia Cole, 53, New Hartford, 1 January 2015

    Allegedly.

    Recovery mission for missing kayaker in New Hartford suspended overnight (middletownpress.com)

    NEW HARTFORD >> The recovery mission for a missing woman who reportedly left her nearby home to go kayaking at West Hill Pond Thursday was suspended Friday evening. State environmental conservation police will resume the search Saturday morning, if weather permits, according to state police Lt. J. Paul Vance.
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    NEW HARTFORD — The search for the missing kayaker near West Hill Road has been suspended as of Saturday afternoon due to ice conditions.

    State police, firefighters and environmental conservation police searched the area Friday for a 52-year-old New Hartford woman who may have gone kayaking Thursday night. The search will resume when ice and weather conditions permit.
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    The identity of the woman will not be released pending notification of the family members.
    Hartford Courant, more here

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    Key words at story clips above would seem to me to be "reportedly" and "may have gone."

    Thoughts?

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    I know people who like to go kayaking or canoeing at night, even in bad weather. Usually they're birdwatchers or photographers, or looking for meteors or aurora borealis, or possibly the comet that's supposed to be around. So I don't find her behavior inherently unbelievable. But something doesn't ring true about this case.

    Boyfriend? Suicide?
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    How can you go kayaking on ice? Am I reading that wrong...they had to break up ice to look for her?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lucky181 View Post
    How can you go kayaking on ice? Am I reading that wrong...they had to break up ice to look for her?
    I don't know how much ice there would have been Thursday night when she went out. It wasn't that cold here until Friday. I'm about 50 miles north of her.

    As a canoeist myself, I do find it plausible that she might have gone out for one last paddle beforr the pond froze over. And if she did get into trouble, she wouldn't survive long in that cold water.

    But like I said, something doesn't sit right...
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    Well you really do learn something new every day - I didn't know night kayaking was even a thing people did.

    For those of you with knowledge of this - even if night kayaking is something which people do, do people often go out for hours on end?

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    Unfortunately I don't know much more about it than what I already mentioned. I know people who do it, but I've never done it myself.

    In those photos, it doesn't look like a big enough pond to be out on for more than an hour or so, though, even in daytime.
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    Quote Originally Posted by carbuff View Post
    Unfortunately I don't know much more about it than what I already mentioned. I know people who do it, but I've never done it myself.

    In those photos, it doesn't look like a big enough pond to be out on for more than an hour or so, though, even in daytime.
    Thanks - this increases my suspicion regarding the last person to see her and why they didn't see fit to report her missing until 7 hours after she 'went kayaking'. I am probably being unfair, but it seems somewhat strange.


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    'Went kayaking' sums up my feelings on the matter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lyra500 View Post
    Thanks - this increases my suspicion regarding the last person to see her and why they didn't see fit to report her missing until 7 hours after she 'went kayaking'. I am probably being unfair, but it seems somewhat strange.
    From the link in the OP:
    The woman, whose name hasn’t been released, reportedly left a note saying she was going kayaking on the pond at 10 p.m. Thursday.
    If she communicated with notes maybe the boyfriend works nights or was somewhere else at night and reported her missing as soon as he came home and noticed the note?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wfgodot View Post
    Key words at story clips above would seem to me to be "reportedly" and "may have gone."

    Thoughts?
    It's probably what her husband or boyfriend told the police.

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    Police with the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said 53-year-old Patricia Cole disappeared on West Hill Pond.

    Read more: http://www.wfsb.com/story/27763199/m...#ixzz3O019Ncfp

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    Can't picture night kayaking being a thing in CT in January. Birds would be hard to see, I'd think, for someone ornithologically inclined; and so too would be shards of jagged ice encountered, say, in the pursuit of a glimpse of the Aurora. Drink or drugs or mental confusion might draw one out onto a pond's dark waters; or another person might escort one there. It's true, the first meteor shower of the year was visible from January 1-5 -- the Quadrantids. But the weather conditions would seem to argue against such an endeavor's being easily and logically explainable.

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