James Robarge, front right, of Rockingham, Vt., sits in Superior Court in Brattleboro, Vt., Wednesday, July 3, 2013, during arraignment on motor vehicle
James Robarge, front right, of Rockingham, Vt., sits in Superior Court in Brattleboro, Vt., Wednesday, July 3, 2013, during arraignment on motor vehicle charges for an incident in Bellows Falls on Tuesday. A deputy state's attorney confirmed that Robarge is also a suspect in the disappearance of his estranged wife, Kelly Robarge, of Charlestown, N.H., who has not been seen since last Thursday. (Kayla Rice/Brattleboro Reformer)
Wednesday July 3, 2013

BRATTLEBORO -- The estranged husband of a missing New Hampshire woman has pleaded not guilty to motor vehicle charges in connection with an incident in which authorities say he led police on a chase.

Steven Brown, a deputy state's attorney for Windham County, says James Robarge of Rockingham is charged with felony eluding and misdemeanor negligent operation in Tuesday's incident in Bellows Falls.

Brown also confirms something that New Hampshire officials haven't - that Robarge is a suspect in a missing persons case in New Hampshire.

Forty-two-year-old Kelly Robarge, of Charlestown, N.H., James Robarge's estranged wife, has not been seen since last Thursday.

New Hampshire authorities have said only they fear she has suffered serious injury or death.

There's no immediate comment from New Hampshire Assistant Attorney General Susan Morrell.



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