Search for missing Maine students suspended

Raquel Erhard – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Kennebunkport, ME, United States (4E) – The search for two missing male students in Kennebunkport, Maine has been suspended Wednesday after divers assisted by sonar equipment failed to find any leads about them.

Kennebunkport Police Chief Craig Sanford said in a statement Wednesday evening that the Maine Marine Patrol together with its dive team, had completed search operations for 21-year-old Zachary Wells from Burlington, Vermont, and 23-year-old Prescott Wright from Barnstable, Massachusetts.

Sanford added that although sonar equipment located some areas that required closer inspection, divers found nothing after checking the areas.

The search Wednesday remained along the coast of Cape Porpoise where clothing was discovered a nearby island the day before.

The water search will be suspended until new information comes along, although the Marine Patrol will continue with routine patrol missions in the area involving the case as needed, revealed Sanford.

Wells and Prescott have been missing since December 19 or 20, Sanford said. They were last seen drinking beer with some friends at Wells’ home along Mills Road, which is situated near the water.

Both are students at The Landing School, which informed police after they failed to show up for class.

Wells is a white male, 5 feet 8 inches tall, with black hair, hazel eyes and weighing approximately 150 pounds. He has a surgical scar on his neck. Wright is a white male, 6 feet 4 inches tall, with brown hair, blue eyes and weighing approximately 200 pounds.

Authorities have been searching the area since the two men disappeared.

Sanford claimed there were no indications of foul play and no evidence of a fight or other issues before the men vanished.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Kennebunkport Police Department at (207) 967-2454.

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