A MISSING father quit his job just days before disappearing on a camping trip with his ex-girlfriend and her daughter, his family have revealed.
Nicholas Hansen, 38, Jill Sidebotham, 28, and Lydia, two, reportedly left on June 27 and were last seen days later at a Walmart store in Mexico, Maine.
Hansen’s sister, Kelly, told NBC News she was concerned that “something bad” might have happened on the trip.
She said: “It’s killing me to know that he has changed and my niece, God forbid, is suffering as a result.
“I’m worried that Nick went nuts and did something stupid. I’m worried that Jill may have gone nuts and done something stupid.”
She revealed that Hansen quit his job after losing custody of two of his other children from a previous relationship.
Kelly said the past few years have been “not kind” to her brother.
And Hansen’s sister Kris Martin told The Sun that his mind is not stable.
Police released surveillance footage of the trio shopping at the supermarket as part of their missing persons investigation.
Pictures show Sidebotham holding Lydia before she hands the cashier cash while she pays for her groceries.
Hansen stood by the shopping cart.
Sanford Police Lt. Matthew Gagne said they bought groceries from the store.
He said, “There didn’t seem to be anything nefarious or criminal.”
The family was also spotted at Coos Canyon Campground in Byron.
Footage showed both parents carrying their daughter.
Sidebotham was scheduled to return home from the trip on June 30, but did not.
Her father, Ron, told Seacoastonline that a cash jar that Jill kept at home, containing an estimated $200 in cash, was nowhere to be found following her disappearance.
According to a family Facebook post, her mother warned her daughter not to go camping.
MISSING MOTHER AND DAUGHTER
Ron told the Boston Globe: “My wife said she tried to stop her but [Jill] said it would be fine.”
And he told WMTV: “It’s not in her[Jill’s]nature to do something like that. She’s never done anything like that before.”
Jill’s family claimed her phone was turned off on June 28, but her fiancé Corey Alexander, 31, said he received messages from her Facebook account the next day.
But he admitted he wasn’t sure if the texts came from Jill’s phone.
Alexander has no idea that Hansen sent the messages, but fears if he saw them “they may have triggered him”.
He revealed that their last face-to-face meeting was about the apartment the couple was due to move into over the 4th of July weekend.
Detectives have received several leads, but so far none have led to anything significant.
But Kris said she couldn’t imagine Hansen leaving Maine.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/6025130/family-daughter-vanished-walmart-camping-trip/ Terrifying twist in the mystery of a family who disappeared with their daughter (2) on a camping trip after visiting Walmart