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The case of a person missing for 43 years may have been solved, after a New Hampshire dive team found human remains and a car submerged in a river, authorities said.
The state police said believes the vehicle may belong to Alberta Leeman, who disappeared on July 26, 1978.
His disappearance is not considered criminal and the investigation is ongoing, according to a police statement posted on Facebook.
“The circumstances surrounding how the vehicle ended up in the Connecticut River are being investigated by the New Hampshire State Police in collaboration with the Vermont State Police,” authorities said. “Based on the investigation to date, there does not appear to be any danger to the public in relation to this incident.”
The state Game and Fish Department said one of his officers, Joe Canfield, took an interest in the Alberta Leeman disappearance case and used scheduled sonar training sessions to search areas where he believed Leeman might have disappeared.
During a recent training session, the sonar team found what appeared to be a submerged vehicle in the Connecticut River in Lancaster, the department said in a news release.
On Thursday a search was carried out and The team was able to identify the license plate on the vehicle, which matched Alberta Leeman’s missing Pontiac.
Authorities believe the car has been submerged since July 1978. The human remains found have not yet been identified with certainty.
Leeman was 63 when he disappeared.
Her family told the New Hampshire Union Leader newspaper that she had left everything at home, including her purse. A cup of coffee was left on the table. On Friday, the family gathered by the riverbank as a dive team searched the overturned vehicle. “You never give up,” Leeman’s daughter, Nancy McLain, told the newspaper.
With information from NBC News