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December 24. 2013 11:57AM

UPDATE: Autopsy indicates Keene murder victim died of gunshot wounds


David Wheelock,48, of 170 Pearl St. in Keene, was found dead of an apparent homicide Dec. 21, 2013. 


 


 

A Keene man found dead in his home Saturday evening died from gunshot wounds, according to the state's chief medical examiner.
Dr. Thomas Andrew conducted an autopsy on David Wheelock Monday and determined he was killed by multiple gunshot wounds, and the manner of his death was homicide.
The State is continuing to ask for the public's help. Anyone travelling on Pearl Street between 9 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday is asked to contact the Keene Police Department with any observations they made while travelling in or around 170 Pearl St., which lies opposite the intersection of Pearl Street and Meadow Road.
People should contact the Keene Police Department at 357-9820, or they may leave an anonymous tip at the Keene Police Department's online tip line: http://www.ci.keene.nh.us/departments/police/anonymous-crime-tips.
Previous story follows:
KEENE — An autopsy on the Keene man shot and killed in his home Saturday night was completed Monday, but results are still being finalized, said Benjamin J. Agati, assistant attorney general.

Agati added he expects the results to be released Tuesday morning.

David Wheelock, 48, of 170 Pearl St., was found dead in his home around 9:30 p.m. Saturday after police responded to a 911 call for medical assistance and arrived to find Wheelock deceased.

Investigators continued Monday to gather evidence inside the home. Winter days make evidence gathering tough, since natural light is best for gathering evidence, Agati said.

The back and side yards of the home were also sectioned off Monday with yellow police tape. Agati said, "In any case we look at the entire property for evidence."

Several tips have come in so far about activity on Pearl Street that night, Agati said. However, because Saturday night was a busy holiday shopping day and Pearl Street connects shopping hubs on Winchester and West streets, Agati said he expects many more people were out that night and hopes more tips will come in.

"We're hoping some more will come in," Agati said. "The amount of people that we figured were out on Saturday night driving around, we're expecting that there was more out there," Agati said.

Family members identified Wheelock's body, Agati said. His home was equipped with a handicapped-accessible ramp.

Agati confirmed Monday that Wheelock was wheelchair-bound.

According to the state's sex offender registry, Wheelock was convicted of 28 child pornography charges in 2005.

Agati said that as with any victim, where the person has been and who he associated with will be investigated.

"I can't provide a comment specifically about that, but with any case we try to put together a complete picture of the victim we encounter," Agati said.

Agati said investigators have a better idea of who was inside the home the night of the shooting, but would not comment further.

Agati has also declined to say if a gun was found at the scene, but said information regarding the weapon would possibly be released today.

Police responded to the medical call at 9:28 p.m.

Because of people Wheelock had spoken to on Saturday, investigators know that the shooting occurred between 9 and 9:30 p.m., Agati said.

Anyone traveling on Pearl Street at that time has been asked to contact the Keene Police Department with any observations they made while travelling in or around 170 Pearl St., near the intersection of Pearl Street and Meadow Road.

Anyone with information is asked to call Keene police at 357-9820.

Citizens may also leave an anonymous tip at the Keene Police Department's online anonymous tip line: www.ci.keene.nh.us/departments/police/anonymous-crime-tips.

mpierce@newstote.com


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