New testing reveals N.H. murder victim may have been from NY

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Science has made a break in a 30-year-old cold case.

The bodies of four females were found in New Hampshire, but scientists discovered one of the victims may have been from Upstate New York. Their remains were found crammed in two barrels near a state part in Allenstown, N.H.

Carol Schweitzer is the senior forensic case specialist for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. She said it was a unique case.

“This is the only case the national center has where there’s four victims who were found together, and they still remain unidentified,” she said.

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A composite sketch shows a murder victim found in New Hampshire may have been from Upstate New York.

In new sketches, investigators said the victims include a woman in her mid-20s, a 9 or 10-year-old girl, and another girl around 2 or 3-years old. Advanced DNA testing revealed they are related and likely a mother and daughters.

The fourth victim was a girl between the ages of 2 and 4-years old, but she is not maternally related.

“The isotope values that came back for her actually revealed that she was born and raised separately from the other three victims,” Schweitzer said.

Different chemicals can be found in different regions of the country such as the chemicals found in drinking water. Scientists used those chemicals to determine that one of the victims may have been from New York before she was murdered in New Hampshire.

University of South Florida scientist Dr. George Kamenov performed the isotope testing. He said his findings suggest that roughly six months before their deaths, the adult victim visited Upstate New York where one victim possibly lived. Then she returned to New Hampshire with the child.

Dr. Kamenov said two to three months later, they were all killed. Schweitzer hopes the sketches will reach the right people.

“The friends and the family members of these children and of this adult, they’re still alive,” she said.

If you want to help, search ID Me on Facebook and click on NCMEC Facebook page. From there you can share the sketches of the victims, and the organization hopes someone might recognize the victims and contact authorities.

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