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Police, investigating murder of Denise Robert, end search of Londonderry apartment

New Hampshire Union Leader

October 20. 2017 10:20PM
Investigators looking into the 2015 murder of Denise Robert in Manchester execute a search warrant at 43 Kendall Pond Road in Londonderry. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)

Police have concluded an hourslong search of a Londonderry apartment where investigators had hoped to find evidence in connection to the 2015 murder of newspaper advertising saleswoman Denise Robert.

The search took place Thursday at 43 Kendall Pond Road, Unit B. Investigators from the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office and Manchester police painstakingly combed the home, while residents waited outside.

The search stretched past sundown Thursday, but by Friday morning the scene had returned to normal.

Robert, who was 62 at the time of her death, was shot in the head while taking her regular Sunday night walk in late August 2015 through a neighborhood in Manchester’s affluent North End.

“It’s a sign of something going on. Maybe there might be some actual resolution,” said Tom Robert, her brother. But he acknowledged it could end up a dead end.

Tom Robert said he is not familiar with the address.

Denise Robert was a fitness buff who sold advertising for weekly newspapers owned by the Union Leader Corp. She was the oldest of 12 children, most of whom have settled in the greater Manchester area. Given her Manchester roots, family ties and job, she was well known throughout the region.

On Thursday, authorities issued a press statement that connected the search to the 2-year-old case. They warned they would not disclose what they found during the search.

According to online property records, the property, which includes both units, is owned by Boyd and Dorothea Mattson, who live in Unit A. The police search concentrated on Unit B.

The Robert investigation ramped up in February, when three detectives, including a retired Massachusetts detective, were assigned to it full-time. The search means that investigators were able to convince a judge they have good reason to believe they’d find evidence that will help them solve the crime.

More than $40,000 in reward money has been pledged in the case.

Anyone with information about the case should contact Todd Flanagan at 271-1208 or Manchester police detective Justin Breton at 271-4956.

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