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Divers in N.H. searching for missing mother, daughter

New Hampshire authorities say divers are searching in Hinsdale, N.H., near the Vernon Dam as part of an investigation into the 2001 disappearance of a 15-year-old girl and her 36-year-old mother.

Bethany Sinclair, 15, and Tina Sinclair, 36, were last seen together in Chesterfield, N.H., on the weekend of Feb. 3-4, 2001. Tina Sinclair had gone to her job, and Bethany had gone to school on Feb. 2, 2001, the New Hampshire attorney general’s office said in a statement.

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The mother and daughter had been living at the mother’s boyfriend’s home on Mountain Road in West Chesterfield.

The searches on land and in the area of the dam, expected to continue Wednesday, were not sparked by any new leads, authorities said.

The searches are being undertaken because “new techniques, training, and resources gained in past years have made it possible to search additional areas not previously accessible to searchers,” the attorney general’s office said in a joint statement with State Police and state Fish and Game officials.

New Hampshire officials were also getting assistance from Massachusetts State Police and Vermont State Police dive teams, the statement said.

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