For Immediate Release
Posted: August 06, 2021


Det. Sgt. Matthew Koehler
(603) 223-8890 |

Submerged motor vehicle recovery/missing person investigation

Connecticut River Coos County, NH

NH State Police in conjunction with NH Fish & Game, Gorham Police Department, Lancaster Police Department and Vermont State Police are investigating a vehicle, which has been found submerged in the Connecticut River, South of the Lunenburg / Lancaster Covered bridge.  The vehicle has apparently been in the Connecticut River for decades and was recently found by NH Fish & Game utilizing their specialized technology.

Preliminary investigation has revealed that the vehicle may belong to Alberta Leeman, of Gorham, NH. Ms. Leeman went missing in 1978.  Her disappearance is not considered suspicious.

The NH Fish & Game dive team is actively searching the area around the vehicle.  The circumstances surrounding how the vehicle ended up in the Connecticut River are under investigation by the New Hampshire State Police in collaboration with Vermont State Police.

Based on the investigation to date, there appears to be no danger to the public in connection with this incident.  Additional information will be released as it becomes available while still protecting the integrity of the ongoing investigation.

Anyone with information pertaining to the vehicle or Ms. Leeman’s disappearance is encouraged to contact:  Det. Sgt. Matthew Koehler, NH State Police (603-223-8890) or via email at

UPDATE: Human remains were located and investigation remains ongoing will update with further when available.

Alberta Leeman
Alberta Leeman