Merrimack residents concerned for safety of Obukhov
MERRIMACK - Residents in the town of Merrimack are concerned for the safety of Alexey Obukhov, who lost his wife and two daughters over the weekend in the Bedford murder-suicide.
People who live close to Obukhov's gun shop on Daniel Webster Highway said that they have not seen him since the incident, which he reported to police on Saturday.
Obukhov placed a call to 911 after he discovered his wife, Nina, and two daughters, Katherine, 8, and Elizabeth, 6, dead in their Bedford home at 17 McAfee Farm Road. The Attorney General's Office on Monday confirmed that it appears Nina shot and killed the two girls before turning a gun on herself.
A man who lives close to the gun shop and is a regular customer of Obukhov and said he believes the man may be at his new residence on Rita Street in Merrimack, but has not seen him since the tragedy.
"He might be suicidal, too," the man, who did not want his name to be revealed, said. He learned through mutual friends that Obukhov was in the process of divorcing Nina, but she still "felt trapped."
Sam Safa, owner of Reed's Ferry Market, said that Obukhov is a regular customer of his, but he has not seen or heard from him either. Reed's Ferry Market is a popular hangout for locals, and customers said Obukhov is a decent, family-oriented man.
Obukhov does not have a lengthy criminal record, but was arrested in August of 2013 after Nina reported to police that her husband had assaulted her. Court records show that she had significant bruising and abrasions on her eye and arm at the time of her police report.
Police and the Attorney General's Office have not commented on the whereabouts of Alexey Obukhov. Their investigation continues.