It’s been over a week since a 37-year-old Maine woman, and mother of two, was last seen walking along a highway in Falmouth, Maine.
Police are continuing to search for Anneliese Heinig, of Richmond, who was reported missing by her family two days later on Thanksgiving – her 16-year-old daughter contacted police when she didn’t show up for dinner, according to the Lewiston Sun Journal.
Heinig was last seen between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. the Tuesday before the holiday, according to a Facebook post from her mother, Anne Heinig. Falmouth police said her vehicle was found abandoned along the highway by state police; it was later towed, her mother’s post said.
“Working with the search and rescue specialists from the Maine State Police, Maine Warden Service, and Maine Marine Patrol, Wednesday’s search efforts included multiple watercraft, dive teams, and an aircraft for aerial inspection,” a news release from Falmouth police on Thursday said. “The targeted search location remained at the Presumpscot River bridge in the areas west and east of I-295.”
But the search proved futile as authorities said they didn’t find anything to point them toward Heinig’s whereabouts.
“Maine Marine Patrol will expand the search location over the next several days and will continue to utilize a piloted aircraft,” the release said. “The next planned aerial search will be tomorrow.”
Lt. Jeffrey Pardue of the Falmouth department said in an email to Boston.com that authorities haven’t “ruled in or ruled out any specific areas.”
“As of right now, all the search and rescue experts from the Maine State Police, Maine Warden Service, and Maine Marine Patrol can definitively say is that Ms. Heinig is not in the areas where we have searched,” he wrote. “While this may not sound like a particularly significant statement, the search efforts performed over Monday and Wednesday [allow] law enforcement to expand the initial area of focus.”
Police are also asking the public to reach out if they were traveling between Exits 9 and 10 northbound on I-295 the Tuesday morning Heinig went missing, especially if their vehicles have a dashcam.
Meanwhile, the 37-year-old’s family has been forced to deal with not just her disappearance, but also that the details have been confused at times, including which direction of the highway the vehicle was found on and where exactly.
Her parents are also the registered owners of the vehicle Heinig was driving — a 2008 Mercury Mariner — and they weren’t contacted when the vehicle was towed, the Portland Press Herald reported. The car keys, Heinig’s cellphone, and wallet were all found inside the vehicle.
Heinig is described as 5-foot-1 and thin, with blue eyes and blond hair. The day she went missing, she was wearing a black jacket and pants, a black hat, and shoes, a missing person poster her mother shared on Facebook said.