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Search continues for Tamworth man reported missing in Guatemala

Union Leader Correspondent

January 15. 2018 9:47PM
Searchers gather on the shore of Laguna de Avarza, a crater lake in Guatemala where a Tamworth man went missing Jan. 6. (Facebook)

Justin Booska, 27, has been missing in Guatemala since Jan. 6, while vacationing with a friend's family. (Facebook)

TAMWORTH — The search continues for a Tamworth man who went missing in Guatemala on Jan. 6, while vacationing with a friend’s family.

Justin Booska, 27, was last seen swimming in Laguna de Ayarza, a crater lake created some 20,000 years ago by the eruption of a twinned volcano. The lake has a surface area of five miles and has an average depth of more than 250 feet deep.

A 2009 graduate of Holderness School, Booska was last spotted in the water heading in the direction of the Laguna De Ayarza Hotel y Restaurante.

According to a GoFundMe page, launched by Booska’s brother, Ben, family members are grateful for the support of the Guatemalan community and the many teams that have been searching for Booska. Volunteer firefighters and local police have been aided by a helicopter and even a drone, piloted by the town’s mayor.

Guatemalan Navy divers and the Guatemalan Red Cross are also assisting in the efforts to find Booska, who is described as being 5-foot-7 and 140 pounds with dark brown, dirty blond hair. He was last seen wearing only his swimsuit.

“We greatly appreciate the support we have been receiving from friends, the Office of Carol Shea-Porter particularly the team led by Elise Britton, the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala — Johnathon Roy, and both the Catholic and LDS Churches,” reads the GoFundMe page that had raised more than $18,000 to support the continued search effort and to help reimburse those who have “already given so selflessly in the community.”

Booksa is the son of Heather and Paul Booska.

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