Identified! NH - Vehicle in River, Woman Missing Since '78; Human Remains Found, Aug'21 - Alberta Leeman

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  1. weepingangel

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    Vehicle in River May Belong to Woman Missing Since '78; Human Remains Found

    Authorities say a recently discovered vehicle that's been submerged in the Connecticut River for decades may belong to a New Hampshire woman who went missing in 1978.

    The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department says the vehicle was recently found south of a covered bridge that connects Lancaster, New Hampshire, with Lunenburg, Vermont.

    A Fish and Game dive team is actively searching the area around the vehicle. Human remains were found at the scene, state police said.

    A preliminary investigation has revealed that the vehicle may belong to Alberta Leeman, of Gorham, New Hampshire, who disappeared in 1978. Her disappearance is not considered suspicious.
     
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  2. weepingangel

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    Poor lady.

    RIP Alberta. Condolences to family and friends.
     
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    Condolences to her family.
     
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    Who originally found the vehicle submerged in the river?
     
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    After 43 Years, Police Say They Found Missing Grandmother's Car in River. Human Remains Were Discovered.


    Leeman’s disappearance is not considered suspicious by investigators, though details raised some eyebrows in her family. For example, she had left her purse at home, and even had a cup of coffee on the table.

    “Your mind goes that way anyway,” granddaughter Roxanne McLain, who was 16 when Albert went missing, told the Union Leader New Hampshire. “They got suspicious about where she could have gone. She could have been taken. Everything was left at home, except for herself and her car, so it looked suspicious.”
     
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    The mystery was largely solved by a conservation officer named Joe Canfield, who "learned of a missing woman and her vehicle and took an interest in the case," according to the New Hampshire Fish and Game Law Enforcement Division.

    Canfield used regularly scheduled training sessions from the agency's Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV)/SONAR Team to focus on "areas that he thought were high-probability areas based on his research of the Leeman case," the agency said.
    During a recent session, the search team discovered an apparent vehicle underwater in the Connecticut River. A dive team took over on August 5 and identified the car's license plate as one matching Leeman's 1978 Pontiac.

    "The dedication of CO Canfield and the F&G ROV/SONAR Team has solved a 43-year-old mystery and finally given the Leeman family a sense of closure," the agency said.



     
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    I find this incredible. Not only did he schedule training sessions in areas where a missing vehicle may have been submerged, which was a great idea, but he managed to find a specific one. Amazing work.
     
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    Wow amazing! I’m so happy for her granddaughter.
     
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