December 23, 2012

Search on in Kennebunkport for missing boat-building students

The young men were last seen at a gathering of friends on Wednesday night.

By Beth Quimby
Staff Writer

Kennebunkport Police are searching for two young men, both students at the Landing School in Arundel, who have been missing since Wednesday night.

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Zachary Wells, left, and Prescott Wright have been missing from Kennebunkport since Wednesday.

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Chief Craig Sanford said the school, which teaches people how to become boat builders, notified them that Zachary Wells, 21, of Burlington, Vt., and Prescott Wright, 23 of Barnstable, Mass., had failed to show up for classes on Thursday and Friday. They were last seen socializing with friends at 5 Mills Road, where Wright lives.

A U.S. Coast Guard and Maine Marine patrol search along the nearby coast and police searches along roadsides and marshes have so far failed to locate the two men.

"It is very strange," said Sanford.

Wells is described as 5 feet, 8 inches tall with black hair, hazel eyes and weighing about 150 pounds.

Wright is described as 6 feet, 4 inches tall, with brown hair, blue eyes and weighing about 200 pounds.

Sanford said the men were last seen at a small gathering of friends. He said it is not known when or how they left the residence. Both men may have been intoxicated when last seen, he said.

Sanford said there is no reason to believe the men went into the water but called for the search because 5 Mills Road is close to the water.

Sanford said the families of the two men said they expected the men home for the holidays. The families, who are now in Kennebunkport, said they are very worried.

Sanford said there were no signs of a disturbance at Wright's house.

Sanford said the disappearance is one of the strangest cases he has encountered.

"There is nothing in the house. There is not a lot of information," said Sanford. Anyone with information is asked to call the police at 967-2454.

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