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Tears, fears flow at vigil for missing Charlestown woman


CHARLESTOWN — More than 100 people filled the entrance of Happy Acres Road to attend a candlelight vigil for Kelly Robarge, missing since last Thursday.

"I've known Kelly a long time," Patty Hutchins of Charlestown said Tuesday night. “I haven’t stopped praying and thinking about her since this happened.”

Hutchins embraced many family members and cried with them, but said she holds out hope her friend will come home safe.

"I have to think that way. I can’t think any other way,” she said.

According to Senior Assistant Attorney General Susan Morrell, evidence leads investigators to believe Robarge may have suffered severe physical harm and possibly death. Robarge had filed for divorce from her husband, James Robarge, in Sullivan County Superior Court Thursday morning, citing irreconcilable differences.

Morrell said the search for Kelly Robarge is ongoing.

“We anticipate they are going to continue on through the week,” she said.

Family friend Nicole Lavoie sang “Amazing Grace” at Tuesday’s vigil.

Lavoie said afterward she has been close friends with Robarge’s daughter, Gabrielle Robarge, and “Gabby’s” young son, Richard since they started attending a class at Granite State College last fall.

Robarge, she said, is a “great, great person, very devoted grandmother, very supportive as a mother.”

Lavoie said she was there to show her support of Gabrielle and her sister, Ciera Robarge.

The Rev. Steve Lepine, pastor of All Saints Church in Charlestown and North Walpole, led the crowd in prayers. He then talked about hope and the mystery of suffering.

“We are people of hope; that is why we are here this evening,” he said.Robarge has had no communication with family or friends since last Thursday.

“We have in fact searched the Happy Acres property and other areas in Charlestown, Claremont and Unity, several of which were rural roadways, woods areas, ponds and waterways in addition to the bordering town in Vermont and along the Connecticut River,” Morrell said.

Morrell said she would not comment on the circumstances surrounding Robarge's disappearance, or if there is a suspect.

Robarge could still return home, Morrell said. “There is always hope.”

The Attorney General’s Office has asked anyone with information to contact New Hampshire State Police at 271-3636.

mpierce@unionleader.com


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