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Missing in Charlestown

Authorities  Fear Worst For Woman

  • "I found what they asked me to look for," said New Hampshire State Trooper Jason Yarosz after placing a blue rubber glove in an evidence bag on the side of 2nd New Hampshire Turnpike in Unity Friday, June 28, 2013. Searchers from the state police, Fish and Game department, New England K-9 Search and Rescue and the Upper Valley Wilderness Response Team looked for Kelly Robarge in Charlestown, Claremont and Unity after what was labeled a suspicious disappearence Thursday.<br/>Valley News - James M. Patterson<br/>jpatterson@vnews.com<br/>photo@vnews.com

    "I found what they asked me to look for," said New Hampshire State Trooper Jason Yarosz after placing a blue rubber glove in an evidence bag on the side of 2nd New Hampshire Turnpike in Unity Friday, June 28, 2013. Searchers from the state police, Fish and Game department, New England K-9 Search and Rescue and the Upper Valley Wilderness Response Team looked for Kelly Robarge in Charlestown, Claremont and Unity after what was labeled a suspicious disappearence Thursday.
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  • Kristin Campbell of New England K-9 Search and Rescue radios to searchers Friday, June 28, 2013 from their base on Happy Acres Road in Charlestown near the home of Kelly Robarge who disappeared Thursday. Robarge's diappearance was deemed suspicious in a news release from the the New Hampshire Attorney General's office.<br/>Valley News - James M. Patterson<br/>jpatterson@vnews.com<br/>photo@vnews.com

    Kristin Campbell of New England K-9 Search and Rescue radios to searchers Friday, June 28, 2013 from their base on Happy Acres Road in Charlestown near the home of Kelly Robarge who disappeared Thursday. Robarge's diappearance was deemed suspicious in a news release from the the New Hampshire Attorney General's office.
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  • "I found what they asked me to look for," said New Hampshire State Trooper Jason Yarosz after placing a blue rubber glove in an evidence bag on the side of 2nd New Hampshire Turnpike in Unity Friday, June 28, 2013. Searchers from the state police, Fish and Game department, New England K-9 Search and Rescue and the Upper Valley Wilderness Response Team looked for Kelly Robarge in Charlestown, Claremont and Unity after what was labeled a suspicious disappearence Thursday.<br/>Valley News - James M. Patterson<br/>jpatterson@vnews.com<br/>photo@vnews.com
  • Kristin Campbell of New England K-9 Search and Rescue radios to searchers Friday, June 28, 2013 from their base on Happy Acres Road in Charlestown near the home of Kelly Robarge who disappeared Thursday. Robarge's diappearance was deemed suspicious in a news release from the the New Hampshire Attorney General's office.<br/>Valley News - James M. Patterson<br/>jpatterson@vnews.com<br/>photo@vnews.com

Charlestown — State Police and New Hampshire Fish and Game officers are searching for a missing Charlestown woman who officials fear is badly injured or dead.

Kelly Robarge, 42, was last seen late Thursday morning, and Charlestown police learned that Robarge was missing at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

New Hampshire Senior Assistant Attorney General Susan Morrell called Robarge’s disappearance suspicious.

“Everybody has worked around the clock to gather as much evidence as possible to try to determine where she is and what may have happened to her,” Morrell said. “And in the course of doing so, we have grave concerns for her safety.”

The State Police Major Crime Unit will be conducting a forensic search of Robarge’s property, Morrell said.

Robarge filed for divorce from her husband, James, on Thursday, according to records from 5th Circuit Court Family Division in Claremont, The Keene Sentinel reported yesterday. Morrell would not comment on Robarge’s family situation.

Robarge lives at 124 Happy Acres Road, a dirt lane about four miles south of downtown Claremont. A white barricade blocked the right side of the road and two signs reading “Road closed” and “No thru traffic” were displayed. There are about 10 houses on the dead-end road. At the end of the road yesterday afternoon, there were about a dozen law enforcement vehicles, many of them labeled New Hampshire Fish and Game. Authorities continued to come and go yesterday as a group of men and women wearing red and orange shirts, many of them with the Fish and Game Search and Rescue, prepared to enter the woods.

Two men wearing orange hurried up the road and were greeted by a state trooper, who said, “You must be the last ones.”

Search dogs could be heard barking from inside the police vans while children could be heard playing in the yard of a nearby home.

One by one, three dogs wearing orange vests were released from the vans.

Robarge’s home is at the end of the road, and her house and lot were cordoned off by yellow police tape and two state police cruisers. Although Happy Acres Road is right off Route 12, the densely-wooded property around Robarge’s home is quite secluded, and all that could be seen behind the police tape was trees.

Eric Murdoch lives near Robarge’s home and said he saw the first police car at 5 p.m. Thursday. More police cars followed and he said there has been a constant law enforcement presence since Thursday night. Murdoch said he came then and saw a police officer putting up yellow tape. When Murdoch asked the officer what was going on, the officer said officials would likely be there for some time.

“They’re not saying anything,” Murdoch said.

Murdoch said nobody ever comes up Happy Acres Road unless they live there or our visiting. He saw a family gathered near police officers Thursday night, but said he didn’t know them.

“Unfortunately, I don’t know those neighbors very well,” Murdoch said. “We wave, we smile.”

Records show that Robarge formed a limited liability company through the state in 2003 for “at-home assembly.”

Charlestown Selectboard Chairwoman Brenda Ferland said the Robarges have been Charlestown residents for “quite a few years,” and that she dealt with them on a official level when they made a request to build a driveway into their property.

“Any time that we’ve had dealings with her in the town, she was fine,” Ferland said.

Officials continued their search into the evening yesterday. At about 5:30 p.m., a man who wouldn’t share his name walked past the white barricade and up the road. When he got a call from a friend telling him that Robarge was missing, he decided to help the search, “if they’ll let me.”

A few minutes later, the man walked back down the slope, talking on his cell phone and lighting a cigarette.

“Law enforcement only,” he said as he headed back to his car.

Anyone with information about Robarge’s disappearance is asked to contact the state police at 603-271-3636.

Sarah Brubeck can be reached at sbrubeck@vnews.com or 603-727-3223.

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