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Search on for missing Kensington teacher Hannah Upp

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KENSINGTON, Md. -

Montgomery County Police say they are investigating the disappearance of a 28-year-old Montessori school teacher who hasn't been seen since Tuesday morning.

Hannah Upp works and lives at Crossway Community Montessori in Kensington. Police say her ID and other belongings were found scattered on a foot path near Wheaton Plaza not far from the school.

"We were able to check her residence there," says Montgomery County Police Capt. Jim Daly. "The residence appeared undisturbed. There were no signs of foul play. So, at this point we have no idea where she is and we are concerned for her welfare."

According to the school's CEO, Upp was reported to be last seen around 7:45am Tuesday several miles north and east of her home, along Kemp Mill Road near the Wheaton Regional Park's riding stables and Brookside Gardens.

What makes this case somewhat bizarre is the fact five years ago, at the start of another school year in New York City, then-Spanish teacher Hannah Upp disappeared for three weeks.

She was 23 and eventually found face down, but alive, in the Hudson River by a Staten Island ferry captain.

Upp later telling the New York Times she suffered from a rare form of amnesia.

"Well, I think it's important to note that dissociative fugue is very much linked to severe trauma or stress and when we look at this case with this young woman she just started a new job maybe she has some prior history of traumas, severe trauma and this event, triggered for her another dissociative fugue episode," said clinical psychotherapist Cindy Crane.

"We cannot jump to the conclusion that this is a repeat or recurrence of the 2008 incident," says Capt. Daly. "We have been in touch with detectives in New York that handled that case in 2008. They have been able to provide us with some information and some guidance which is helping us in our investigation here."

In a statement to Fox 5 News, Upp's mother, visiting from out of town, says "Hannah is a remarkable and wonderful person and all of her family and friends are praying for her safe return."


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