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June 09. 2013 2:30AM

Missing Plaistow girl found safe, police say

PLAISTOW - A 13-year-old Timberlane Regional Middle School student who failed to return home from school Friday was found safe in Dover on Saturday night.

Plaistow police Lt. William Baldwin said Sophie Cesati, who was reported as a runaway juvenile to police Friday night, was located Saturday after police followed up on a lead after a day of searching for the teen.

"It's a good ending, but a lot of questions need to be answered. It's an ongoing investigation still, even though she's been found," Baldwin said, adding that police were on their way to pick up the girl at the Dover Police Department.

It's unclear whether Cesati was found with another individual. Baldwin did not elaborate on how she was found.

She was last seen at the school on Greenough Road around 2:30 p.m. and never boarded the school bus.

Missing person fliers were posted around Plaistow Saturday as the search began.

Earlier in the day, Baldwin said police believed her disappearance may stem from online conversations she's had through social media websites, Baldwin said.

"We know social media played a major (role) in this based on what we found out and the concerning part about when it hits social media is the different people that play on it and read on it and respond through Facebook, Instagram and others," Baldwin said.

She was considered a "missing runaway" based on information developed during the investigation, police said.

"There is no indication that this individual was abducted in any way," Baldwin said.

However, police feared she could be in danger.

Baldwin said police believe Cesati was with another person, possibly someone she met online.

Baldwin said 13 isn't a common age for runaways.

"Thirteen-year-olds that run away are not always in the right frame of mind. Their mindset might be thinking differently from an adult and we just want to make sure she's safe," he said.

A Facebook page was created by her parents called "Find Sophie Cesati."

Her family gathered at her home Saturday afternoon but was too shaken to talk about the situation.

- Jason Schreiber

Sunday News Correspondent

Police have leads in Hudson break

HUDSON - Police say they have leads in who broke into a concession stand at Lions Field and stole money from a cash register.

Police were called to the Water Street concession stand around 10 a.m. Saturday and found picnic tables stacked against the front of it, allowing someone to access the front window on the second floor.

No major damage was done to the building's inside.

The Hudson Youth Baseball operates the stand to raise funds for equipment and to pay for the lights at the Greeley Street field.

Armed robber hits Manchester 7-Eleven

MANCHESTER - A man with a knife robbed a 7-Eleven store on Queen City Avenue early Saturday, police said.

The white man escaped from the store at 117 Queen City Ave. with an undetermined amount of cash around 4 a.m. No one was injured. He was described as about 5-foot, 10-inches tall, weighing 170 pounds. He wore black pants and sneakers, a blue sweatshirt with the hood pulled over his head and a blue-knit mask, police said.

Pregnancy ended following accident

STRATFORD - A Lancaster woman had her pregnancy terminated due to a motor vehicle collision on Route 3 last Tuesday, state police said Saturday.

Ashlyn Rideout, 22, sustained a serious injury to her knee and was taken to Littleton Regional Hospital. Police said her pregnancy was terminated. Rideout's 2-year-old son was taken to Weeks Memorial Hospital in Lancaster with minor injuries.

Police said they believe the other driver, Keith Brewer, 17, of North Stratford, failed to yield the right of way to Rideout.

Rideout was traveling north on Route 3 when Brewer crossed Route 3 from Maidstone Bridge Road with the intention of continuing east on Bog Road, resulting in the collision, police said.

Brewer was taken to Weeks Memorial Hospital with minor injuries as was one of his passengers, Richard Gokey, 18, of Brunswick, Vt. Another passenger, Brent Bagwell, 16, of Maidstone, Vt., was not injured.

Police say the investigation is continuing.

No-wake order for Silver Lake

BELMONT - Marine Patrol has instituted a no wake order on Silver Lake until the lake level drops below 467 feet above sea level. The gauge at the state Department of Environmental Services at the Silver Lake station will be used to make this determination.

The Marine Patrol urges boaters to be aware of their wakes and use caution when operating in channels or close to shore.

Fire damages hospital garage

CONCORD - Fire caused moderate damage to a transportation garage on Pleasant Street owned by the New Hampshire State Hospital on Friday night, Battalion Chief Rick Whitney said.

Whitney said firefighters encountered heavy smoke and fire in the roof of the building when they arrived about 9:15 p.m. Friday. Crews had trouble getting into the building because of a locked mechanical overhead door, he said.

Once firefighters gained entry, they quickly extinguished the blaze and the fire was out by 10 p.m., he said.

The building was not occupied at the time, and there were no injuries, he said.

Deputy fire chief involved in crash

NASHUA - City Deputy Fire Chief Brian Rhodes was involved in a three-car crash on East Hollis Street on Friday night, he said.

Rhodes said he was stopped at a red light shortly before 10 p.m. when another motorist hit his department car's front end, then hit another car, which was behind Rhodes' car, head on, causing damage to both of the other cars.

Rhodes said nobody was injured, but he didn't know the names of the other motorists. The department's car suffered minor damage.




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