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NH1 News Investigates Cold Case: Allenstown police see dozens of new leads in cold case murders


ALLENSTOWN - A cold case that the FBI has said is one of the most unique cases in U.S. history, is finally beginning to see new promising leads.

A woman and a girl were found dead in barrels in rural Allenstown in 1985. Fifteen years later two more children were discovered the same way in the same area.

To this day there are still no names and no convicted killer.

But now, new testing has narrowed the search.

After recent sketches of the victims were released last month, a large amount of tips have been pouring into the Attorney General's office.

However, there are still many questions.

"I have never heard of this," said Ronda Randall a case enthusiast. "That, right away, caught my attention about it. Why haven't I heard about it? This seems like something that should be cemented into peoples' consciousness."

Randall and her brother are New Hampshire natives and as a hobby have been researching the Allenstown cold case on their own. They've put in 40 hours a week for five years. They've been interviewing neighbors and putting together a map with names and family trees to try to find the killer.

What they find unusual was that many people in the Bear Brook Garden trailer park - which is directly across from the crime scene - were not re-questioned about the second set of bodies found.

"And we'd say 'no one ever talked to you?' " Randall said. "'You haven't heard more bodies were found?' They'd say, 'No.' "

Richard Gagne, a long-time resident was one of them.

"I didn't hear about those until recently," Gagne said. "That really surprised me."

NH1 News asked the Attorney General's office about the case.

"The things that I would say to those people that have been waiting for someone to get in touch with them - this is it," said Senior Assistant Attorney General Ben Agati. "Today's the day. Please get in touch with us now."

He explained that things have rapidly changed and evolved with investigating, over time.

"What the mindset was in 2000, I'm not exactly sure," Agati said.

As the AG's office sorts through potential leads comparing them to missing person reports, Ronda Randall spends her time looking through old newspaper archives, and online forums of people searching for lost family or adopted relatives from the last 30 years.

"I'll work on recreating the trailer park, we have about 200 more people to track down so I won't rest on that project until it's done."

Ronda is asking people born in 1974 or 75 to look through their yearbooks to see if there are any names you may have lost touch with that may be the oldest child.

"I think scene has done what it can, in this case, law enforcement and now i really think it's the media and the public."

The state tells us that they don't look into cases past 50 years, and this one is already 30 years old.

Police are always looking for new tips. If you have any information please contact the AG's office at 603-271-2663 or email at coldcaseunit@dos.nh.gov or contact 1-800-THE-LOST.


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