HINSDALE, N.H. -- New Hampshire Attorney General Joseph A. Foster, New Hampshire State Police Colonel Robert Quinn, and New Hampshire Fish and Game Colonel Martin Garabedian announce that there are ongoing diving operations in Hinsdale near the Vernon Dam. Those operations are part of a missing person's investigation into the 2001 disappearance of Bethany Sinclair and her mother Tina Sinclair.

Bethany and Tina Sinclair were last seen together in Chesterfield during the weekend of February 3 and 4, 2001. Prior to that weekend, the Sinclairs lived in West Chesterfield at the residence of Tina's boyfriend, Eugene Van Bowman, at 182 Mountain Road. Tina last went to her job and Bethany last attended school on February 2, 2001. Tina was 36 years old when they went missing. Bethany was just 15 years old.

The searches being conducted on land and in the area of the dam today and tomorrow are not because of any new leads or information. Instead, while dives have been conducted on the Connecticut River in the past, new techniques, training, and resources gained in past years have made it possible to search additional areas not previously accessible to searchers.

In addition to the New Hampshire Fish and Game Dive Team, and the New Hampshire State Police Marine Patrol Unit, the New Hampshire Cold Case Unit is thankful for the additional assistance from the Massachusetts State Police Underwater Recovery Team and the Vermont State Police SCUBA Team in conducting these searches.