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Divers search in 2001 missing mother-daughter case

New Hampshire authorities said there are ongoing diving operations in the town of Hinsdale near a Connecticut River dam as part of their missing person’s investigation into the 2001 disappearance of a mother and daughter.

Tina Sinclair of Chesterfield was 36 when she disappeared Feb. 3, 2001; her daughter was 15. The next day, a woman called Keene High School to say the teenager was ill and would not be in school. School officials called the police a week later when the girl had not returned to classes.

Authorities searched the home of Tina Sinclair’s boyfriend, Eugene Bowman, where she was last seen. Bowman, a former supervisor at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, told the police he left the house one night after arguing with Sinclair. When he returned, the mother and daughter were gone.

No arrests have been made in connection with their disappearance. The police have said Bowman is a person of interest, not a suspect.

The attorney general’s office said there are no new leads in the searches being conducted on land and in the area of Vernon Dam on yesterday and today. While dives have been conducted on the Connecticut River in the past, new techniques and training have made it possible to search areas not previously accessible.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Dive Team, the state police Marine Patrol Unit and the state Cold Case Unit are working with help from the Massachusetts State Police Underwater Recovery Team and the Vermont State Police SCUBA Team.

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