Home » News » Public Safety
Matthew Dion had returned home to live with parents
Police are seeking Matthew Dion, pictured, as a person of interest in the case.
He and Pamela Focosi got engaged. He started a Facebook account and accepted friend requests from fellow 1993 graduates. They had a child together.
Police have called Dion, who is 38, a person of interest in the fire and explosion at his parent's house at 210 Mooresville Road on Monday. Dion was the adopted son of Bob and Connie Dion.
"They did everything for that kid," he said. "That's what is puzzling me. They took very good care of him."
Dion seemed to do the same for his adopted family. Focosi came to the relationship with three children, and Dion treated them as his own, Gilmartin said.
At some point after high school, Matt Dion left Manchester and moved to Georgia, according to Jim Normand, a lawyer hired by the family.
About six years ago, he returned home with a back injury, Normand said.
"He was a smart kid, nice kid. When he returned with the injury, he was very quiet," Normand said.
The family friend said Dion seemed lost. His hair and beard were scruffy, and he avoided human contact.
Eventually he got a job, apparently at Comcast, according to the friend and Mike Focosi.
Normand said he did not know if Dion worked or was on disability.
Matt Dion met Focosi, his old Memorial classmate, through the Internet. He had never dated, but the next thing the Dions knew, Focosi was pregnant, the friend said.
"They loved the kids, they called them their grandchildren," the friend said.
But Dion mostly lived at the Mooresville Road home, Normand said.
Mike Focosi remained enrolled at Memorial High School.
The family friend said he lived with his mother; Dion drove him to school every morning, went to work and then picked him up at his parents, the friend said.
He said he was surprised when he first learned that Dion and Focosi were together. Focosi was popular during high school; Dion was nerdy, he said.
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Man hurt in fall from tree stand in Swanzey - 0
- Officials: Manchester's crime rate showing sizable decline - 0
- Spaulding Turnpike speed limit headed up from 55 to 65 - 0
- Chemical spill at Nashua North sends 6 to hospital - 0
- Enfield home destroyed by 3-alarm blaze - 0
- State: Range of staffing issues led to 'bad outcomes' at Lakeview NeuroRehabilitation - 0
- Driver loses control, crashes into four vehicles at Hudson auto body shop - 0
- Chester man taken to hospital for mental health evaulation - 1
- Tilton selectman volunteers to be shocked with Taser - 4
READER COMMENTS: 6
- Charles M. Arlinghaus: Read these books, OK? - 1
- Jeb takes a dip: First Flavor of the Week - 4
- Asking about marriage: The Census should keep doing it - 1
- NHIAA Div. I Boys' Basketball Preview: Memorial, Central look to be in the mix again - 0
- Innovations abound at UNH event - 0
- Rinne wins duel with Rask as Predators edge Bruins - 0
- One-alarm fire kept to chimney area of Bridgewater home - 0
- Monarchs head to Portland Wednesday - 0
- NHIAA Roundup: Pembroke girls rally to win - 0
Rival NH Republican caucus seeks own voice
Bush 41, 43 and ... 45?
Another View -- David Scannell: A justified federal civil rights action in Manchester's schools
Another View -- Ross Gittell and Jeremy Hitchcock: By focusing on student success, NH community colleges prove their value
Taxi fail: City regulations don't work
All lives matter: Even Al Sharpton says so
Jeb takes a dip: First Flavor of the Week
Charles M. Arlinghaus: Read these books, OK?
Police arrest pair after bullets fly