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Grieving mother wants answers about son's death
Jason Upton, 34, was found floating in the Merrimack River on Aug. 2, 2009. The coroner put the date of death as July 26, making Friday the fourth anniversary of his death and leaving his mother to wonder whether Upton hit his head on a rock or someone killed him.
Last week, Vattes and her husband, Carl, hung flyers along Allenstown’s Main Street. Concord Crimeline is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction “in the untimely death of Jason Upton,” according to the flyer.
Diane Vattes said she would like to receive an update from police on where the case stands.
“What I would want is if someone killed my son to be arrested, but I’m not sure if that’s what happened,” she said.
Carl Vattes said his wife would like to know more to find a little peace.
“Whether they arrest somebody or not is another story,” Carl Vattes said. “She just wants answers as to what happened. It would put her to rest a little bit.”
“Jason was a good swimmer, an excellent swimmer, so I know he didn’t drown,” she said. Police also told her that “everything in the apartment was destroyed,” including a long dresser she had given her son that she had owned for 35 years.
She last saw her son, who wore long hair and loved listening to the band KISS, on July 25, 2009.
“He had shaved his goatee and head bald; that was out of character,” she said. “He said, ‘Just time for a change,’ but apparently there was something going on that I knew nothing about.”
“She goes by a river or a brook, she can’t look at it because it brings back memories,” Carl Vattes said.Carl Vattes noted that some unsolved cases take decades to solve, noting the news this week that police think they solved a homicide case from 1991 involving the murder of a Plymouth State University official.
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