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xx Laura Mackenzie - Found Safe
« Thread started on: Mar 29th, 2006, 2:47pm »

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Laura left her home about 9 a.m. on Wednesday, March 8, telling family she was getting an oil change on her 1995 black Volkswagen Golf, said Goffstown police Capt. Glenn DuBois.

It appears that she consciously decided to leave and not make her whereabouts known, DuBois said. Because MacKenzie is an adult, she cannot be classified a runaway, he said.

DuBois said the missing person investigation continues and there is no indication MacKenzie met with foul play. She had limited funds when she disappeared.

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xx Candlelight vigil tonight for Goffstown teen
« Reply #1 on: Apr 6th, 2006, 08:14am »

The friends and family of missing Goffstown teen Laura Mackenzie will hold a candlelight vigil tonight at Goffstown High School to mark the fourth week of her disappearance.

The vigil will begin in the school parking lot at 27 Wallace Road at 7:30 p.m.

Mackenzie, an 18-year-old senior at Goffstown High School, has been missing since March 8 when she left home in her car and told her parents she was going to get an oil change.

She is described as being 5 feet 4 inches tall, with blue eyes and brown hair. She drives a 1995 black, four-door Volkswagen Golf with a U.S. Marines sticker on the rear. The New Hampshire license plate is 211 0126.

On the morning of her disappearance, Mackenzie was due to appear in Manchester District Court on a felony shoplifting charge.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Goffstown Police Department at 497-4858 or send an email to find-laura@hotmail.com. Donations may be sent to Find Laura Mackenzie Fund (checks payable to), P.O. Box 862, Amherst, NH 03031-0862.

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xx Family Offers Reward for Missing Teen
« Reply #2 on: May 11th, 2006, 09:01am »

Boston (WBZ Newsroom) -- It's been two months since 18-year old Laura MacKenzie of Goffstown disappeared.

She told her family she was on her way to school, but she never showed up. Her parents think she panicked after being caught shoplifting $900 worth of merchandise and was due in court the day she disappeared.

Police say there's been no cell phone of credit card trial and think she ran a way.

However, her parents say it's completely out of character for her. They're offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to her safe return.
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xx Missing N.H. woman, 18, has ties to Morris
« Reply #3 on: May 16th, 2006, 09:27am »

BY NAVID IQBAL
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HANOVER -- Township police are assisting the FBI in the case of a New Hampshire woman with ties to Morris County who has been missing for two months.

Laura W. Mackenzie, 18, of Goffstown, N.H., disappeared March 8, the day she was to appear in court to face shoplifting charges.

Mackenzie was facing felony charges of shoplifting more than $900 from a store at the Mall of New Hampshire in Manchester.

Her parents, Barry and Enid told the New Hampshire "Union Leader" they did not know about the charges or court date.

"There's obviously a chance she was running away from that," Hillsborough County Sheriff's Department Lt. Bill Barry said. "But it's weird to be gone for this amount of time."

"As of right now, we don't have any reason to believe there's any foul play," he said.

Because Mackenzie did not have any money on her, it would lead them to believe she was staying with someone, Barry added.

Bill Mackenzie, Laura's father, grew up in Whippany, where his siblings still reside, his Whippany relatives said.

Hanover police confirmed that they interviewed the woman's Whippany relatives about her whereabouts.

Barry said Laura Mackenzie left her house at about 10:30 a.m. March 8 to go to Goffstown High School, where she is an honor roll senior. She was last seen at a gas station but never showed up to school.

Barry said Mackenzie told her parents she was going to get an oil change on her black 1995 Volkswagen Golf before going to school, but police could not find any place in the Goffstown area where she got an oil change.

Goffstown, about 300 miles from Morris County, is a small rural suburb of Manchester, located about an hour from Boston.

Mackenzie did not have a cell phone, credit card, or much cash when she disappeared, Barry said.

In the months since her disappearance, police and relatives said Mackenzie had not contacted any friends or family members, even by e-mail.

Theresa Hansch of Whippany, whose husband, Gus, is Barry Mackenzie's brother, said the family is "very distraught."

The girl is 5 feet, 4 inches tall, with blue eyes and brown hair. The week of her disappearance, her brother was deployed to Iraq. She had a U.S. Marines sticker on the back of her car, which had New Hampshire license plates 211 0126.

Hansch said her father-in-law had lived in Hanover for more than 60 years. She said her brother-in-law attended Hanover Park High School and owned a realty company before he moved to New Hampshire.

Hansch said FBI agents and Hanover detectives had contacted all the relatives who live in Whippany, many of whom live within a short distance of each other.

Informal task force

Family and friends created a task force to find Mackenzie. The Goffstown High School set up a group called the "Friends of Laura Mackenzie." And a Web site also was launched soon after she went missing, www.findlaura.org. More than $5,000 in reward money has also been raised, relatives said.

The lack of any electronic tracks, and the fact that Mackenzie's car has not turned up, have baffled law enforcement officials.

"We think it's unusual that she hasn't contacted anyone and that the vehicle has not turned up," Barry said. "One of the things that you have to keep in mind is that she may have met someone online. There's so much of that, that goes on. There are many things that could have happened."

Barry said there is a chance Mackenzie may be close by, having put the car in a garage or a lot.

While investigators are keeping every option open, they said no evidence thus far indicates foul play was involved.

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xx Missing girls cryptic message turns up in high sc
« Reply #4 on: Jun 11th, 2006, 3:04pm »

By CAROL ROBIDOUX AND TONY BERTUCA
Union Leader Staff and Union Leader Correspondent


The words of missing Goffstown High School senior Laura Mackenzie made an eerie appearance this week, days before her class prepared to honor her at graduation ceremonies.

Mackenzies message, submitted for the yearbook last fall, accompanies her senior picture. It is directed to the 18-year-olds brothers, parents and a friend, followed by an excerpt from Let Me Fall, a song by pop singer Josh Groban.

Thanks to my brothers, you guys are the best! To my parents, yes, Im leaving. My Best Friend Forever, I miss you. Let me fall, let me climb. Theres a moment when fear and dreams must collide. Someone I am is waiting for courage. The one I want, the one I will become will catch me.

Mackenzie was last seen March 8.

Senior class president Kristopher Cere said hed heard the buzz around school Wednesday over the cryptic yearbook entry, and had to read it for himself.

There definitely was some foreshadowing there, Cere said. Of course, at the end of mine, I said, Im out, but Im still here, so its hard to say what she meant. It could mean nothing and it could mean everything.

He said with graduation less than a week away, students continue to worry about MacKenzies welfare and hope, every day, for her return.

It was just so totally out of character for her to do this, for her to disappear. I sat next to her in geology, and right up until the day she left, everything seemed fine, Cere said. She didnt let anyone know things were out of the ordinary. None of her friends have heard a word.

He said Mackenzie had already earned enough credits to graduate, so she will be recognized on June 15 along with her class.

Actually, theyre doing something nice a banner is posted at the school where we can leave a message for Laura or for the family, and were going to give that to her parents, Cere said. And when they say her name during the ceremony, were all going to hold up yellow roses. We miss her. Shes constantly on our minds.

As for the excerpted lyrics Mackenzie chose, they are from a song included in the 1999 movie, Quidam, performed by Canadian acrobatic troupe Cirque du Soliel. According to Internet resource Wikipedia, the story line is about a young girl, Zoe, who feels sad, forlorn, and alienated. She dreams up the whimsical world of Quidam in an attempt to escape her sadness.

William Mackenzie said that his daughters yearbook entry didnt strike him as odd.

I dont see anything out of the ordinary in there, he said. Laura was looking forward to going to college and having a new experience.

Goffstown police officials say they are optimistic that Mackenzie will eventually be found, but remain in the dark regarding her whereabouts.

I dont know what to think about this case anymore; its truly baffling, said Goffstown Police Detective Kevin Laroche. Shes been on the CBS Morning News, Americas Most Wanted and all the local news. All her information is flagged in every computer system imaginable. I think she will eventually come home.

Laroche said that he and other law enforcement officers working the case believe that Mackenzie must be receiving aid of some kind.

Someone is definitely helping her, he said. We dont think she would have been able to do this on her own.

Laroche, who has examined Mackenzies diaries and poetry in the course of the investigation, said that the yearbook entry appears to exhibit her usual angst.

It definitely sounds a lot like other things of hers that Ive read, he said. But it was written long before her disappearance and her arrest, so I dont know what to make of it. We still think it was the arrest that made her run.

Unknown to her parents, Mackenzie was arrested in Manchester for shoplifting more than $900 worth of clothes and other items from Filenes at the Mall of New Hampshire. The Mackenzies learned from Goffstown police about the incident after their daughter vanished.

The day she disappeared, she was to appear in Manchester District Court for arraignment on the felony charge. A Hillsborough County grand jury has since indicted her on a felony shoplifting charge.

Anyone with information concerning the case should call the Hillsborough County Sheriffs Department at 1-800-562-8201 or Goffstown police at 497-4858.

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xx False sightings, no leads on missing teen
« Reply #5 on: Aug 7th, 2006, 07:53am »

By TONY BERTUCA
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Goffstown After two false sightings last week, police said there is still no word on the whereabouts of Laura Mackenzie, the 18-year-old Goffstown girl who disappeared four months ago.

We had a sighting at the Highlander Inn in Manchester that turned out to be a case of mistaken identity, said Capt. Glenn DuBois. Then there was a sighting in Rhode Island that turned into a dead end. The case is still pretty much status quo.

Mackenzie was last seen on March 8, when she told her parents she was headed to get an oil change and left home in a black 1995 Volkswagen Golf.

The day she went missing, Mackenzie was scheduled to appear in Manchester District Court on a felony shoplifting charge. Her parents learned about the charge after she disappeared.

We still think it was the felony shoplifting charge that made her run, said DuBois. She probably did not want to face her family and friends afterwards.

Mackenzies parents have since offered a $5,000 reward for any information leading to her whereabouts and have also created a Web site, findlaura.org, that is dedicated to locating her.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact the Hillsborough County Sheriffs Department at 800-562-8201 or Goffstown police at 497-4858.

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« Reply #6 on: Aug 8th, 2006, 5:38pm »

Laura Mackenzie, the Goffstown teen who vanished without a trace last March, was found alive and well yesterday in St. Augustine Beach, Fla.

The 18-year-old honor student was being held last night at St. Johns County jail on an outstanding warrant alleging she shoplifted more than $900 worth of clothes and other items from Filene's at the Mall of New Hampshire.

Though her parents didn't know it at the time, Mackenzie had been scheduled to face that charge in Manchester District Court on March 8, the day she disappeared.

Reached by telephone yesterday, Mackenzie's mother, Enid, said she was busy answering "a ton of messages" from well-wishers. She also was trying to reach her son, Lloyd, who is serving with the Marines in Iraq, to tell him his sister had been found.

"I was ecstatic to hear the news," she said. "It is the result of a lot of prayer."

A tip from an unidentified caller led investigators to Mackenzie's apartment on E Street in St. Augustine Beach. Mackenzie had been living in the east Florida city since March, according to Joe Sisti, the city's assistant police chief.

Her roommate, who identified herself only as Stephanie, said Mackenzie was working as a waitress at the Dune's Cracker House restaurant in St. Augustine.

Mackenzie never revealed that she was on the run, Stephanie said.

"It was kind of weird," she said. "I asked her why she moved down here. She said, I'm just on vacation. I'm going to stay down here for a while.'"

Mackenzie told her roommate that she and her parents kept in touch by e-mail. She said she planned to return north eventually, Stephanie said.

Lt. Bill Barry of Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said he received a call yesterday morning from a man who recognized Mackenzie from a segment aired last week on CBS's "The Early Show." He called St. Augustine Beach Police Department, whose officers found Mackenzie's car in front of her apartment.

Police surrounded the apartment yesterday afternoon. Mackenzie gave herself up without a struggle, he said.

Hillsborough County Sheriff James Hardy said Mackenzie would be held for the next several days, depending on whether she waives extradition to New Hampshire.

H.A. Schade, a family friend who launched the Web site findlaura.org, said Mackenzie's parents had yet to talk to their daughter but were eagerly awaiting a reunion.

"It has been such a worrisome five months since Laura disappeared, not knowing whether she left of her own accord, whether she had run into some form of foul play," he said. "Those who know her and love her couldn't explain why something like this might have happened."

Mackenzie left home on the morning of March 8 in her Volkswagen Golf. Since then, police and family members say they never received a single word to assure them Mackenzie was alive and safe.

"It was baffling because no one knew what was going on," Lt. Barry said. "Our biggest concern was she was going to meet up with someone that was going to do harm to her."

Investigators had pursued several leads to disappointing resolutions. In July, there were false sightings in Manchester and in Rhode Island. Since the case was featured on CBS's "Without a Trace" and "The Early Show," among other programs, they received reports of sightings in California.

Barry said he flew to Los Angeles, where he posted fliers and visited various teen shelters and campgrounds.

More than likely, Barry said yesterday, Mackenzie was overwhelmed by several recent events. Her grandmother had just died, and her brother was deployed to Iraq. At the same time, she was facing a felony shoplifting charge.

"There's just so much going on in this girl's life that she panicked," he said. "She left, and she made it a point not to contact anyone. She was running scared."

Within hours of her apprehension, dozens of people from across New Hampshire and other parts of the country posted messages on findlaura.org. Many writers, including those who never knew Mackenzie, expressed sympathy for her family.

Others wrote scathing condemnations for the girl who left her friends and family to worry for five months.

"I prayed for a person who didn't need it," one person wrote. "What a waste of my time."

Another writer, calling herself "NH MOM," said, "You are very selfish Laura. I hope whatever reasons you have for doing this are good. I know you have a lot of mending to do."

Schade, however, said there never was any question that Mackenzie's family would forgive her.

"What she did was undoubtedly wrong," he said. "But she's also probably a slightly confused teenager who may not have fully understood the ramifications of what she did."

Friends and family members had collected $10,000 in reward money for any information leading to Mackenzie's safe return. Schade said he suspects the group would gladly give that money to the tipster if he comes forward. Otherwise, he said, the money will be donated to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

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