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August 19, 2013

Police investigate new tip about teen who vanished in 1980


Funding for the 4-year-old cold case program ran out earlier this year, but Strelzin said Friday two state police detectives and a part-time attorney general’s office employee are still working on the 33-year-old Garden case and more than 100 other cold cases.

“Nothing is ignored,” he said. “We will work on the case as we can.”

The latest tip isn’t the first in the case, Streeter said. There have been many over the years, including some during Streeter’s 12 years as police chief.

After receiving a tip in 2008, investigators scoured Ice Pond and Country Pond in Newton for clues. Both searches came up empty.

A decade after Garden disappeared, a tip from an informant prompted the excavation of a 60-square-foot section of woods in Newton.

About that the same time, Garden’s family, who moved to northern New Hampshire shortly after her disappearance, contacted psychics with the hope of finding their daughter.

Streeter said earlier this year that Garden’s father had recently died. The family could not be reached for comment.

Anyone who has information on the case is asked to call Kingston police at 642-5742 or Newton police at 382-6774.

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