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4 charged with digging up corpse of NH businessman

Special to the Union Leader

July 24. 2014 9:05PM

LANCASTER — Four North Country acquaintances arrested last month by police after the remains of a prominent businessman were dug up at a Colebrook cemetery face multiple felony charges.

Well-known equipment dealer Eddie Nash died in December 2004 at age 68. Ten years later, Colebrook police say his daughter, Melanie Nash, and three others disinterred his remains this summer at Colebrook Village Cemetery.

And, in a fruitless search for what police said was her father’s “real will,” the four damaged Eddie Nash’s concrete burial vault and his metal casket within, and disturbed his remains, according to the indictments.

A Coos County Superior Court grand jury indicted Melanie Nash, 52, of 27 U.S. Route 3 in Clarksville; Michael L. Day, 37, of 29 Second St., Colebrook; Ginette B. Dowse, 71, of 27 U.S. Route 3 in Clarksville; and David M. Grey, 53, of 59 Colby St. in Colebrook. They are each charged with four offenses.

The grand jury indicted them for criminal mischief, two counts of interfering with a cemetery or burial ground and abuse of a corpse, which is a Class A misdemeanor. The other counts are all Class B felonies.

Following the June arrests, Colebrook Police Chief Stephen Cass said the incident had shocked the community’s residents.

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