Vermont State Police investigators believe that 78-year-old, Mary Pat O’Hagan, whose family hail from Roscommon, was kidnapped from her home in Sheffield.
On Thursday night a pray vigil will be held in the town. The small town, with a population of just 700, has been rattled by her disappearance.
Mary Pat is very proud of her Irish roots. She is a member of the Ballykilcline Society and in 1999 she traveled to County Roscommon for her first reunion, visiting Strokestown and Kilglass.
The investigators held a press conference and have now asked the FBI to join them in the investigation. She has been classed as “a missing-person case with suspicious circumstances.”
Her disappearance is classed as suspicious as she was active and mentally sound and there is no apparent reason why she would just wonder off, out of town.
Her friend Mary Sargent told the AP “She's far from elderly…She's very full of life."
Mary Pat’s four sons and three sisters were also present at the press conference. Her son, Terry O’Hagan, of Groton, Massachusetts, pleaded with the public for their help. He described his mother as active and well liked.
She was active and enjoyed camping, kayaking and lived alone. Mark, one of her sons said “Every day is another day that she's been missing…We keep hoping that wherever she is, that someone has her for a reason and that she's well. But the days are getting longer."
Search teams, made up of Fire Department workers and community volunteers, have been scouring the area around her home with the help of a National Guard helicopter.
Terry O'Hagan says his mother was active and well liked. She was last seen at her home on September 10. The alarm was in the morning when she failed to meet with her friend for a rug making session.
The police found her car in the driveway but no sign of her in the house or in the surrounding area.
A website has been set up by the O’Hagan family to try and raise a reward fund for any information that might lead to her safe return home.
On the site her family also talk about their mother’s involvement in the community. It reads “She volunteered at the local food bank, library, historic preservation, St. Elizabeth church and was involved in many activities for the town of Sheffield.”
It continues “If you have any information that you believe may be helpful in finding Pat, large or small; significant or insignificant please click the INFORMATION button below or call the Vermont State Police at (802) 748 – 3111.”
So far $5,000 is being offered as a reward for any information on her disappearance. To donate to the fund visit www.findpatohagan.com.
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