Journal Opinion

June 9, 2010

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Search is on for missing man in Haverhill

By Ed Ballam

NORTH HAVERHILL- The Haverhill Police Department and the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department are looking for a Massachusetts man after his van was found stuck on an abandoned road in North Haverhill on June 2.

The man, Christopher Flynn. - 40 of Westminster. MA. was reported missing by concerned family members on June 2, the same day the van was found 011 Sinclair Road. off of Route 116, also known as Benton Road.

A Haverhill Police spokesperson said there is nothing suspicious about the Incident and it is being treated as a missing person case.

According to a news release from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, issued on June 6, a white 2000 Chevrolet electricianís van, which is owned by Flynn, was recovered from a remote wooded area in Haverhill after It had become stuck while traveling down an abandoned road.

Sinclair road is near Black Mountain State Forest. Police and Fish and Game personnel do not know why Flynn was in Haverhill or whether he may have been en route to Vermont.

Upon locating the van, Fish and Game personnel, with assistance from the New England K9 Search and Rescue Team. Upper Valley Wilderness Response Team and the Pemigewasset Valley Search and Rescue Team conducted a search, according to the news release.

Since the discovery of the vehicle, Fish and Game personnel have been searching for Flynn and Haverhill Police have been canvassing the area around Lime Kiln Road. Sinclair Road and Route 116 looking for information about his disappearance. Westminster Police Lt. Michael McDonald said he has no information regarding any connection Flynn may have to Haverhill or the surrounding area, or why his van turned up on a remote road in North Haverhill. He said he did not know if there were any friends or family in the area either.

Westminster's involvement has essentially been limited to filing the missing person's report, which goes nationwide, and working with Flynn 's family to learn more about his disappearance, and any other information that might lead to his discovery.

"It's my understanding that he was going through some issues." McDonald said in a telephone interview with the Journal Opinion.

"We've been staying in contact with the Family, with the Haverhill Police Department and the New Hampshire Fish and Game."

McDonald asked that anyone with information about Flynn, or who has seen him to contact the authorities.

"We want to check on him and make sure he's OK," McDonald said.

According to the police news release Flynn is between five foot 10-inches to five foot 11-inches tall, 220 pounds. has hazel eyes and brown hair with a receding hairline.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Haverhill Police at (603)787-2222.

Flynn's disoppcarancc is similar to the disappearance of Maura Murray who disappeared aller a minor car accident on Route 112 on Feb. 9, 2004. Numerous extensive searches of the area failed to tum up any evidence about what may have happened to the 21-year-old college student from Hanson. MA.

She remains missing to the present and her disappearance remains a mystery.