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Police offer few details on NEK search

Pat O'Hagan Pat O'Hagan

Sheffield, Vermont - September 13, 2010

There are still no answers in a mystery in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom. Police and volunteers are searching for a missing elderly woman, and they're calling the disappearance suspicious.

State Police were stopping drivers on Route 122 in and out of Sheffield Monday, asking people for clues. They're looking for Pat O'Hagan. "We're pulling on every thread; covering every base," said Vermont State Police Capt. David Covell.

The 78-year-old vanished. She didn't meet a friend as expected this weekend, and no one's seen her since Friday. Neighbors say she's sharp, active, and outgoing. O'Hagan's car is still sitting in her driveway.

"People are pretty upset, of course, about this whole matter," said Harold Frost IV, a Sheffield resident.

Neighbors have hung up missing posters. Firefighters and other volunteers are searching around town for O'Hagan. Twelve detectives from the State Police turned the town hall into an operations center, but they're revealing few details about their case.

"Because this is an active and ongoing investigation, I'm not going to discuss those facts that led us to reclassify this as a missing persons case with suspicious circumstances," Covell said. He declined to answer further questions about specific evidence that was gathered, and whether it indicated a struggle may have taken place on the O'Hagan property.

"People try to keep their hopes up. But as time goes by, it looks worse and worse every day that goes by, of course. But you still have to be hopeful," Frost said. "As for me, I prayed for Mrs. O'Hagan."

Sheffield is hoping those prayers are answered.

Police are offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads them to Pat O'Hagan. They're asking people to call the barracks in St. Johnsbury at (802) 748-3111.

Jack Thurston - WCAX News

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