April 09, 2020

Search suspended for missing ski instructor

CARRABASSETT VALLEY — Authorities on Sunday called off the search for a recent college graduate who last was seen celebrating with friends on New Year’s Eve.

“We’ve kind of narrowed the search down. We’ve gone into investigative mode,” said Carrabassett Valley Police Chief Ron Moody.

Detectives spent Sunday following up on tips and interviewing people who may have seen 21-year-old Kevin Zebrowski leave Judson’s Sugarloaf Motel and Gondola Lounge. The University of Maine at Farmington graduate was last seen on the dance floor about 1:30 a.m. Thursday.

Zebrowski, originally from Rahway, N.J., was reported missing about 8:30 p.m. Thursday by a roommate. Police became concerned and began searching when he didn’t show up for work Friday morning at Carrabassett Valley Academy, where he is a ski instructor.

Wardens and police scoured snowmobile trails, roadways and ski chalets for two days before suspending the search. Two Maine Warden Service airplanes conducted air searches, along with a U.S. Army National Guard helicopter equipped with a heat-sensitive device, said Paul Reynolds, spokesman for the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

“We just don’t have any clues,” Reynolds said.

Zebrowski’s car was still parked where he left it on New Year’s Eve, and his ski jacket was found at the nightclub. The wind chill Thursday night was about 40 degrees below zero.

Moody said the case was difficult because of the lack of evidence.

“We’re still beating the bushes, talking to everybody who may have seen him leave or anything,” he said.

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