Tips continue to pour in to the Sanford Police Department about the location of a Sanford woman, her ex-boyfriend and their 2-year-old daughter, who were expected to return from a camping trip a week ago.

Jill Sidebotham and her daughter, Lydia Hansen, in an undated photo released by police. Photo courtesy of Sanford Police Department

Jill Sidebotham, Nicholas Hansen and their daughter, Lydia Hansen, have not been in contact with family since last week, and police have been unable to confirm their current whereabouts to check on their well-being. Sidebotham’s family expected her and Lydia to return to Sanford on June 30.

Lt. Matthew Gagne said it is concerning that the adults haven’t checked in with family, but there is no indication of foul play. It is possible they are camping near the Franklin County town of Phillips. Hansen is from the Phillips area, he said.

The trio was in the Rumford area on June 29. Detectives were able to verify a sighting of them on July 1 using surveillance footage, but Gagne would not say where they were seen, citing the ongoing investigation.

“The areas where they’ve been sighted are remote, and it wouldn’t be unusual for there not to be cellphone service,” Gagne said.

Gagne said Thursday the police department has received numerous tips about possible sightings of Sidebotham and Hansen. Police are working with law enforcement partners in those areas to look for the trio and for places that might have surveillance video to confirm their presence.


Police have not organized any searches for Sidebotham and Hansen, because they have not been able to narrow down an area where they might be, Gagne said.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office has checked on multiple tips but has not had any contact with the family, according to a representative for the department. The Maine Warden Service and Maine State Police have also been notified, according to police.

Sidebotham’s family told News Center Maine that it is unusual for her to leave for such a long period. They described Hansen as her ex-boyfriend.

Hansen and Sidebotham were last seen driving a silver 2005 VW Jetta with the registration plate 1563VJ.

Anyone who has seen or spoken with them is asked to call 207-324-9170 and leave information on the tip line.

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