ADDISON (AP) – A car belonging to a missing Down East teenager was found Thursday on its roof in about 10 feet of water at the Addison boat launch, police said.

The gold 1997 Chevy Cavalier was found between 3:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. by the Maine Marine Patrol, but there was no sign of 17-year-old Krystal Higgins, who was last seen Saturday night.

The driver’s window was partially rolled down, said Public Safety Department spokesman Steve McCausland, adding that a diver was searching for the body late in the afternoon. A dive team was called to assist in the search, he said.

As many as 150 people, most of them volunteers, fanned out across the Columbia Falls area on Thursday to resume searching for Higgins. Wardens, state police and Washington County Sheriff’s deputies also took part in the search.

Higgins, who lived in Columbia, was last seen leaving a friend’s house in Columbia Falls on Saturday night, saying she was headed home. Addison abuts both Columbia and Columbia Falls.

Police said Higgins’ cell phone was used seven times to call two friends between 1 and 1:30 Sunday morning, but there were no phone signals after that.

McCausland said the Marine Patrol located the car using sonar equipment from a boat. He said the car was then towed from the water.

Friends were particularly concerned about Higgins because she was conscientious and held two jobs. She had a paycheck waiting at one of her jobs.

A senior at Narraguagus High School, Higgins was legally emancipated from her parents just before she turned 16. Her father is incarcerated at Down East Correctional Facility in Machiasport.

Since April she has been living with Debra Skeate, the mother of Tara Skeate, her best friend since fourth grade. Before that, Higgins had been staying with another family, also in Columbia.


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