This truck removed from the bottom of the Androscoggin River in New Hampshire Tuesday is a major break in a decades-old cold case. Credit: New Hampshire State Police

Skeletal remains found in a submerged pickup truck in the Androscoggin River may be those of a man missing since 1998, according to the New Hampshire State Police.

State police said July 1, 1998, was the last day 26-year-old Tony Imondi had been seen after attending a horseshoe tournament at Bill’s Seafood in Errol.

“Imondi was last seen leaving Bill’s Seafood in his girlfriend’s 1996 Ford Ranger truck,” the state police said in a news release. “After family and friends did not hear from, or see him for several days they contacted NH State Police Troop F to report him missing. An immediate search of the area, interviews with friends and family did not reveal any clues of his whereabouts.”

State police said searches were conducted by the air, ground and by the Fish and Game Dive Team in areas along the Androscoggin River and Lake Gloriette in Dixville.

“Troop F detectives continued to search through the years in hopes to find Imondi,” the state police said in the news release. “Over the past month, the State Police Troop F detectives and the NH Fish and Game Dive Team focused on an area of the Androscoggin in Errol just a few miles south of Errol village.”

Side scan SONAR was able to detect an image on the bottom of the river, state police said.

“Analysis of the image was consistent with a truck similar to the Ford Ranger,” the news release said.

On Tuesday, the pickup was pulled from the river.

“The State Police Major Crimes Unit assisted with examining the truck and skeletal remains that have been located within the cab of the truck,” the news release said. “The Medical Examiner’s Office will examine the remains for identification.”

Imondi’s family members have been notified of the discovery.

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