EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

September 20, 2013

Anxious mother hopes missing son is hiking

Missing student

By John Toole

---- — WINDHAM — The mother of Jonathan Zygmont, the missing University of New Hampshire student, speculates he might have gone hiking in the White Mountains or the Rockies.

“He’s really an avid hiker,” Lynne Zygmont said. “Maybe he’s headed for the White Mountains or out west, maybe Wyoming or Colorado.”

UNH police said Jonathan Zygmont, 19, was last seen Tuesday night near Prescott Park in Portsmouth.

They do not suspect foul play, but said he was believed to be having relationship problems and was despondent.

The police and his family have appealed for the public’s help in locating him.

“We have had no news at all,” his mother said. “Hopefully he is OK.”

The family is hoping someone has seen him and will call police or that he will see news coverage and contact them.

“We’re hoping if he sees the news stories he will get in touch with us,” she said. “We just want to know he’s OK.”

Lynne Zygmont said her son spends a lot of time hiking and camping.

He traveled to Wyoming and Colorado this summer, she said.

In New Hampshire, he likes Mount Moosilauke in Benton and Mount Chocorua in Albany, she said.

There is also the possibility he would try to go to Oklahoma, where he has a sister, his mother said.

Zygmont is a freshman at UNH, where he is studying wildlife and conservation.

He graduated from Windham High School this year.

At Windham High he was on the honor roll and was a member of the wrestling team as a freshman.

Principal Ryan Kaplan, on behalf of the school community, on Wednesday expressed support for the Zygmont family.

Windham police have offered their assistance to UNH.

His parents are divorced. His father, David, lives in Concord.

“We have been in touch hourly,” his mother said.

“We want to hear from him or anyone who might have seen him since Tuesday night,” she said.

The family released a more current photo of him with a beard. Zygmont is described as 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighing 175 pounds.

He was wearing black shoes, khaki pants and a brown sweatshirt with the name “Burton” on it in red lettering. He was carrying a black North Face backpack.

UNH police have asked anyone with information to call them at 603-862-1427.