Search continues for woman last seen in Hinsdale


HINSDALE — Friends and family members are pleading for public support in the search for Jacqueline "Jackie" Coutinho, who has been missing since Wednesday.

The Hinsdale Police Department posted an appeal for public help on its Facebook page Wednesday afternoon in the search for the woman, described as a white female, approximately 5 feet, 6 inches tall, weighing 130 pounds, with blond/gray hair. She was last seen wearing a purple fleece jacket with a red hooded sweater, blue jeans and white sneakers.

By Thursday afternoon, state police also shared the Hinsdale Police post on the Massachusetts State Police Facebook page.

Neither the Hinsdale nor state police were immediately available Monday morning to provide an update on the search.

The circumstances surrounding the woman's disappearance are unclear.

Hinsdale Police Chief Susan Rathbun told MassLive on Friday that Coutinho was last seen about 10:15 a.m. on Smith Road. The road is close to wooded areas and in the vicinity of Ashmere Lake. She had been staying with her sister.

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Rathbun also reported that an extensive search for Coutinho was conducted by her department as well as the Hinsdale Fire Department, Berkshire Mountain Search and Rescue, and the Massachusetts State Police. The search was conducted by foot, with support from a K-9 and helicopter unit on Wednesday and Thursday. 

The Inquirer and Mirror in Nantucket reported on Saturday that Coutinho, who is 53, is a former town assessor on the island. She "was reported missing by her family after she left her home and did not return." 

Coutinho's stepdaughters, who grew up on Nantucket, told The Inquirer and Mirror that it's possible the woman may have been heading back to Nantucket.

Her health condition, including her emotional state at the time she was last seen, was not clear, but Rathbun told The Eagle police did not suspect suspect foul play.

Family members created a Facebook page, "Find Jackie Coutinho,"  on Sunday morning to share photos and fliers they created to help in the search. On Monday morning, administrators for the page posted the following with a pair of emoji hearts and photo of sunshine over a field of sunflowers: "Day 6 We're still looking. We know you're out there and we will find you."

Anyone with any information about Coutinho's whereabouts are asked to contact the Hinsdale Police Department at 413-655-0201.


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