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(POINT JUDITH, R.I.) — The U.S. Coast Guard has launched an investigation into the mystery a 54-year-old Connecticut mother’s whereabouts after she and her son disappeared during a fishing trip last week.

Though the 22-year-old Nathan Carman was found alive after six days of searching, Linda Carman’s location remains unknown, according to the Coast Guard.

The two from Middletown, Connecticut were first reported missing last Sunday, Sept. 18, after failing to return from a fishing trip they had begun the previous night.

They had embarked from Point Judith, Rhode Island in a 32-foot aluminum center console boat, Coast Guard Petty Officer Nicole Groll told ABC News.

The Coast Guard performed exhaustive search for Nathan and Linda over the six days, covering an area larger than the state of Georgia, Groll said. The search was suspended on Friday, Sept. 23.

But just two days later, a freighter found Nathan Carman in a life raft with food and water, Groll said. Nathan Carman’s mother, however, was not in the life raft and was nowhere to be found.

The mother and son’s boat has not been located.

The investigation into Linda Carman’s whereabouts and what exactly happened to their boat continues, Groll said.

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