The family of George Boardman is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to his whereabouts. The family has not heard from the man since September.

There are few clues as to what happened to Boardman, said Detective Mark Brooks of the Maine State Police’s Criminal Investigative Division, speaking at a news conference Wednesday at the Searsmont Community Building.

“Mr. Boardman has not returned to his residence, he has not returned to his vehicle, he has not picked up mail, he has not made business transactions, and he has not contacted his family, all of which is out of character,” said Brooks.

When asked if there was any reason to believe that foul play was involved, Brooks said that there was a lack of evidence to support such a conclusion.

“We just don’t know what has happened to this man,” said Brooks.

Boardman is described as 5 foot 6 inches tall, weighing 150 to 170 pounds and having grayish-brown hair and blue eyes. He had lived in Bingham since the summer of 2000 and previously lived in Madison and Thomaston. Boardman grew up in Rockland and graduated from Rockland High School in the late 1940s.

Boardman, 70, was last seen at the end of September as he left his rented room in Bingham for a doctor’s appointment, believed to be somewhere in Kennebec County, possibly in Augusta.

Bingham is on the Kennebec River, approximately 55 miles north of Augusta.

Brooks said that a roommate told investigators that Boardman told him he was leaving for an appointment and would be back later that day. He did not return.

Meanwhile, a parked vehicle appeared in Searsmont in the parking lot across the street from the Community Center on Route 131.

“I noticed the car at the end of September and thought it was a bit unusual after a few days,” said Claudia Mercer, the Searsmont town clerk, treasurer and tax collector.

Mercer said that she and other town employees kept watching the car, hoping the owner would return and remove it.

“Sometimes, people will leave a vehicle there for a couple of days when they go out of town, either with our permission or not, and they usually park it off to the side. This vehicle was parked right in the middle of the parking lot,” said Mercer.

Authorities were not immediately called because town employees were afraid that someone was going to come back and find their vehicle towed if they called.

Alice Pearse, Searmont assessor’s agent, administrative assistant to the board of selectmen and the planning board clerk, said that she and the others in the office took note of the inside of the vehicle and thought a couple of items in the car were unusual.

“The vehicle was neat as a pin inside and placed neatly on the dashboard was a pair of prescription glasses and a cassette tape of the Beatles ‘Help’ album. We in the office have speculated a lot about those two things,” said Pearse.

Brooks said that on Nov. 3, Trooper Perry Hatch was called to Searsmont to investigate a report of an abandoned vehicle. The vehicle was identified as a gray, 1990 Honda Accord with Maine registration.

“After running the plate, Trooper Hatch realized that Boardman, with a Madison address, owned the vehicle and had it removed from the property,” said Brooks.

On Dec. 27, state police announced Boardman’s disappearance after family members were concerned that there was no contact with him over the holidays.

Brooks said that Boardman was known by family and friends to be a traveler. He was a merchant marine for 30 years and was enjoying his retirement. He said Boardman’s roommate was not concerned with his disappearance at first because he would often take up and travel to New York or other destinations.

“When we began to backtrack and ask questions, we realized that there were other people looking for him, too,” said Brooks.

Investigators said they found mail inside Boardman’s vehicle. Some of the mail was from friends around the country, and investigators are looking into the possibility that Boardman is with one of them, or that he may have contacted them.

“There is a concern too, that he in is another country based on some of the letters we have found,” said Brooks.

According to officials, Boardman had no health issues, despite his age.

“He was very active, was in good shape, healthy and was concerned about eating the right things. There is no evidence that he was being treated for a medical condition,” said Brooks.

Investigators did a thorough search of the area where the car was found, to be sure that he didn’t walk off into the woods and become disoriented.

The fact remains that Boardman has not contacted his family during the more than five months he has been missing, and there is concern for his safety.

Brooks said, “His routine was to contact family at the holidays and he broke that routine for no apparent reason, and that is raising a concern for them and has mobilized them to offer the reward to try and find out what happened to George.”

Boardman has one sibling in Maine, one in Florida and one in Vermont. Brooks said that the family has requested that all calls go through law enforcement.

Brooks said that he believes Boardman has nothing criminal in his past that would be related to his disappearance.

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  • If anyone has information regarding the whereabouts of George Boardman, they can contact the Maine State Police in Augusta at 800-452-4664 or their local law enforcement agency.

    Based in Belfast, Holly S. Anderson can be reached at 338-0484 or by email at holly@k2Bh.com.