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TOWNSEND — Police Chief Erving Marshall Jr. still has not given up on the 29-year search for missing teen Deborah Anne Quimby.

Quimby was 13 years old when she disappeared in Townsend on May 3, 1977. Marshall, who was a rookie police officer at the time, is still haunted by the event.

“Not a day goes by that I don’t at least ponder her disappearance,” said Marshall. “Her folder sits here on my desk for me to see every day.”

Marshall is planning another search in early spring, but it will not be at Walker Pond, which was drained in a massive search effort in 2004.

Quimby was last seen riding a boy’s Takara 10-speed bicycle on Turnpike Road near Walker Pond. At the time of her disappearance, she weighed 120 pounds, had shoulder length brown hair, brown eyes, a fair complexion and was five-foot-one-inch tall, according to the missing person’s report. She was slender/medium with a well-developed body build.

Quimby was wearing a multi-colored shirt, blue jeans, and a royal blue Pop Warner jacket with the name “Debbie” on the sleeve.

In the 2004 search of Walker Pond, a bicycle frame, buttons from a shirt and a few pieces of cloth were found. According to Marshall, none of the items found could be tied to Quimby. All of the items were sent to the State Police Forensic Laboratory for testing.

Search dogs were also used in the pond trying to get hits on Quimby’s scent. Several hits were obtained, but yielded no results.

The search was precipitated by two anonymous letters sent to police hinting that Quimby’s body could be found in the pond, said Marshall. To date, no further letters have been received.

“We are hoping whomever sent those letters will get back in touch with us,” Marshall said. “We will take any and all leads seriously.”

Quimby left a note at her home on 19 Smith St. that said she was leaving for a few hours, but would call her mother, records stated. The call never came.

Marshall said he will rule nothing out in Quimby’s disappearance.

“If anyone has any information on what happened on that day, I just ask they get in contact with me. Names will be kept confidential,” he said. “We are looking to have closure on this case and to let the family know what happened to their daughter.”

An age-progressed photo of Quimby is on the Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s Web site showing what she would possibly look like today at the age of 42.