The bones of a New Hampshire lady who went missing 43 years ago were discovered Thursday inside a vehicle at the bottom of the Connecticut River in 14 feet of water.
It is unknown how the automobile, discovered near the New Hampshire/Vermont border, came to the river’s bottom. It is being investigated by the New Hampshire Fish and Game, which found the vehicle, the Gorham Police Department, Lancaster Police Department and Vermont State Police.
The vehicle was found south of the Mount Orne Covered Bridge that connects Lancaster, N.H. with Lunenburg, Vt.
“The vehicle that was found [Thursday] is a 1972 Pontiac LeMans with a license plate of OB610, which is the license plate that was registered to [Alberta] Leeman at that time,” Fish and Game Lt. Robert Mancini told WMUR.
Leeman, who lived in Gorham, went missing in 1978 but her disappearance was not considered suspicious.
“Alberta Leeman was in Gilman, Vt., on July 25, 1978, and she was heading back towards the Gorham area on that day,” Mancini said. He said officials are working to positively confirm that the remains in the vehicle are that of Leeman.
Leeman’s daughter, whose name has not been disclosed, told WMUR that she was at the scene Friday when her mother’s car was discovered and that she has never stopped seeking for her mother.
New Hampshire Fish and Game says it is continuing its search for clues around where the car was discovered. Anyone with information about Leeman is asked to contact the New Hampshire State Police.