Woman vanishes after getting in car at iconic tourist spot

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Police are desperately searching for a woman who vanished after getting into a car with a group of "unidentified individuals" in New York City's iconic Times Square.

Christine Hammontree was on May 24 captured on security footage stepping into a vehicle at 2am (local time) outside McDonald’s at Crossroads of the World.

Police said the 29-year-old told her parents, based in Maine, she would be home during the week, but she never showed up and they reported her missing to local police. 

Christine Hammontree has not been seen since 2am on may 24. Source: Falmouth Maine Police Department
Christine Hammontree has not been seen since 2am on may 24. Source: Falmouth Maine Police Department

Before her disappearance, Ms Hammontree had been on a trip to visit her boyfriend in New York, Falmouth Police Lieutenant Jeff Pardue told the New York Post.

He added that Ms Hammontree had recently moved home after a period of living in New York herself.

More security footage was being sought, and details on the type of car she boarded was expected to be released in the coming days. 

Police in Maine are leading the investigation due to the state being Ms Hammontree's place of residence, while New York City police are assisting. 

Christine Hammontree's parents reported her missing after she failed to return from a trip to New York City. Source: Falmouth Maine Police Department
Christine Hammontree's parents reported her missing after she failed to return from a trip to New York City. Source: Falmouth Maine Police Department

She was described as 5’9 with brown hair and brown eyes, and was last seen wearing an oversized blue T shirt, cut-off jeans and sandals. 

She was carrying an orange backpack and had aviator sunglasses on her head, police said.

People with information on her location have been asked to contact Falmouth police. 

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