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May 9, 2015 2:55 PM

Portsmouth police chief asking for funds to pursue cold cases, possible serial killer


PORTSMOUTH – Two unsolved murders, possibly involving a serial killer, have police Chief Stephen DuBois asking for funds to use new forensic techniques and technology to address cold cases.
DuBois is asking the City Council for an additional $45,775 for additional investigation into several cases, including two women who police suspect may have been killed by a serial killer.
Laura Kempton and Tammy Little “were both brutally murdered in the early 1980s,” Dubois was quoted in Seacoastonline. Kempton was killed in 1981, and Little was killed about a year later.
“There’s a lot of strong evidence to suggest the cases are linked,” he said.
Portsmouth police have developed a relationship with a group of forensic scientists, homicide investigators and other experts who volunteer to help police departments with cold cases.
Portsmouth police have also worked with Norwich University’s Advanced Computing and Digital Forensics Center to process the evidence.
DuBois asked for the money so the department could pay to process evidence and hire a post-graduate student to help with administrative duties. “The problem with all these cases is time is not really on your side,” DuBois said. “The evidence is degrading.”
There are several other unsolved cases the department is working on that could potentially be solved with the additional money, DuBois said.


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