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Dive team searches for missing Vt. woman

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PROCTOR, Vt. -

Search crews combed the Otter Creek Tuesday in the search for a missing Proctor woman.

Friends of Maryann Foster are still searching for answers in this case of the missing 59-year-old woman who lives in a duplex on Meadow Street. And police are searching for clues in her disappearance. They say the questions seem to increase.

"It's a shock. I mean, somebody just disappears like that. I mean nobody has a clue," said Frank Beyette, a neighbor.

Foster has been missing since Feb. 24. She was last seen having dinner with her boyfriend. He reported her missing after she didn't return phone calls for three days.

After a foot search turned up empty, officials took advantage of the sunny day in Proctor to deploy a scuba team and search Otter Creek.

"We're searching for her, we're searching for any clues, anything that might help us in the investigation to find Ms. Foster," Vt. State Police Det. Lt. Kevin Lane said.

About 15 people from the Vt. State Police, Rutland County Sheriff's Department and the Proctor Fire Department joined Tuesday's search.

"Not a lot of outside evidence to follow, so we go back to elimination investigation," Rutland County Sheriff Stephen Benard said.

Officials say the case has left them with no leads. Foster left her car, her keys and her pocketbook at home.

As multiple agencies and friends and family continue to look for answers, they say her simply going for a walk is out of character.

"She didn't get out much at all, she was a homebody," Beyette said. "Everybody's looking around, and I never saw her taking a walk in the wintertime."

Officials say they do not suspect foul play.

"Not at all. I can't imagine anybody having ill will against her," Beyette said. "She's a really nice person."

Officials say the efforts will continue with another door-to-door search. The sheriff says he has been in touch with Foster's family members, who say they are also desperate for answers.

Anyone with information is asked to call Vermont State Police at 802-773-9101 or the Rutland County Sheriff's Office at 802-775-8002. You may also submit an anonymous tip through www.vtips.info or send a text to "CRIMES" (274637) using Keyword VTIPS.

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