http://www.unionleader.com/article.aspx?headline=2002%3A+Not+a+trace+of+missing+mom%2C+teen&articleId=689f3673-949a-4c9a-9f11-039ffeeaeec62002: Not a trace of missing mom, teen
By STEPHEN SEITZ
Union Leader Correspondent
13 hours, 26 minutes ago
Chesterfield – A sad anniversary is about to pass for the family and friends of Tina Sinclair.
Tina , 36, with her daughter Bethany, 16, have neither been seen nor heard from since February 4, 2001.
"I hope if they're alive, then they'll come back," said Mary Lewis, Tina 's mother. "But I feel that somebody did take their lives. If they're dead, they didn't deserve to die."
The case is being investigated by the Attorney General's office, under the direction of Assistant Attorney General Simon Brown.
"Officially, it's a missing persons case," said Brown, "but we're realistic about the circumstances. These two women disappeared without a trace. We're investigating it as a homicide, in case of that contingency."
The investigation has been centering around Eugene Van Bowman, 43, a former supervisor at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. At the time of the disappearance, Bowman was Tina Sinclair's boyfriend. They lived in his house on Mountain Road in West Chesterfield, which has a back yard directly on the Connecticut River.
The relationship was known to be a stormy one; Bowman told Chesterfield police at the time that he walked out on a fight with Tina on Feb. 4. When he returned, according to police, Tina , Bethany, and their clothes were gone. Left behind were Tina 's car and cat, and their possessions.
"The last time I spoke with her was about five months before she disappeared," said Tina 's sister, Sharon Garry. "We had an argument about Van. He had charges filed against him for child molestation, and I was concerned about Bethany's welfare. I wanted Bethany to stay with me in Connecticut. The relationship was unhealthy. He's unhealthy. But she said she got herself into it, and she could get herself out."
Bowman is currently serving a 2 to 15 year sentence in New Hampshire State Prison on the unrelated charge of sexually molesting a relative about 10 years ago. He has not been officially named as a suspect in this case.
"He's been taking the Fifth Amendment all through this," Lewis said.
The following Monday, February 5, 2001, an unknown woman called Keene High School to say that Bethany, who was a freshman at the time, would be out sick. Except for that phone call, not a word has been heard from either woman since.
"Whenever I call the school, I say who I am right away," Garry said. "She didn't. I don't think it was Tina."
Investigating agencies report that there has been no activity on Tina Sinclair's credit cards or telephone since she disappeared.
It was not like Tina to stay out of touch for long, Garry added.
"At first, I thought she had gotten away from him," Garry said. "But her car was still there, and her 15-year-old cat, she never went anywhere without him. There was money in her mail, and Tina would never leave money. I think she was planning to leave. But if I was ever going to see her again, I'd have seen her by now."
Tina's former husband, Jesse Mayotte, said he's had very little new information since the disappearance. He and Tina separated in 1999; he now lives in Lafayette, Ind.
"I've been pretty much in the dark, but it's hard to get information from 1,500 miles away," he said. "But I'm coming back to New England in March. I may still be legally married to her, and I'm coming back to figure that out."
Brown said the case is still open and being actively investigated.
"We still don't have an answer, but that's not for lack of effort on the part of state police," Brown said. "We are determined to solve it."
"The police have been wonderful," Lewis said. "Quite often, they'll sit down and talk. I have no complaints, and I'm satisfied that the investigation is continuing.
Both Brown and Lewis urge the public to come forward with any information that might be of help.
"We investigate every lead," said Brown.
"If anybody out there knows where they are, please come forward," Lewis said.
Tina Sinclair is 5'2", weighing 120 pounds with blonde hair and green eyes. She was born on Nov. 29, 1966, and has a butterfly tattoo on her right ankle
Bethany Sinclair was born on Oct. 15, 1985. She has brown hair and brown eyes. Some descriptions say that Bethany's height and weight are the same as Tina 's, but Garry said Bethany is 5'7" and weighs 135 pounds.
Anyone with information on the women's whereabouts is urged to contact New Hampshire State Police at 271-1158, or the Troop C barracks at 358-3333.