N.H. News Roundup: Abigail Hernandez is still missing; Sen. Kelly Ayotte is frustrated
New Hampshire Fish and Game personnel and volunteers get ready to head back into the woods to search for 14-year-old Abigail Hernandez, Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, in North Conway, N.H. Hernandez was last seen Wednesday afternoon leaving school. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
In a photo released by Conway, N.H. police is 14-year-old Abigail Hernandez of North Conway, N.H. Officials are searching for the missing girl who was last seen Wednesday afternoon leaving school. (AP Photo/Conway Police department)
Abigail Hernandez is still missing.
The just-turned 15-year-old Kennett High Student was last seen walking home from school at about 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
Hernandez’s birthday was on Saturday, her teary-eyed mother said a press conference where she pleaded for her daughter to “please come home.”
Check points have been set up around the North Conway high school, and helicopters, volunteers and officials have been on the lookout for her.
So far, more than 4,000 acres have been covered during the search.
The attorney general’s office and the FBI are asking for any help they can get from the public, and the FBI has activated its 1-800-CALL-FBI tip line. Tips can also be reported online at tips.fbi.gov.
Authorities have already received tips from across New England and from as far away as Texas.
Last night, authorities still said it’s classified as a missing person case.
In other news
∎ Sen. Kelly Ayotte told CBS’s Face The Nation yesterday that she though negotiations were close until the White House “pulled back.”
∎ Durham celebrated a Viking legend yesterday during Leif Ericson Day.
∎ PolitiFact said Sen. Jeanne Shaheen was right when she said 96 percent of employers in New Hampshire are small businesses.
∎ The fatal car crash involving two cyclists has upgrades for the Hampton bridge back in the spotlight.
∎ A 69-year-old Maine man died while hiking Saturday on the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail.
∎ The Boston Post Cane was awarded to Lillian Rose Fortier, 101, of Henniker.
∎ The July death of a Litchfield teenager was ruled an accident.
∎ The New Hampshire Aerospace and Defense Consortium publicly launched on Thursday.
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