In the past 40 years there have been approximately 120 homicide victims whose killers have not yet been brought to justice. On July 29, 2009, Governor John Lynch signed into law HB 690, establishing for the first time in the state's history a Cold Case Unit assigned to work exclusively on unsolved murder cases. The New Hampshire Attorney General is the chief law enforcement officer for the state with exclusive jurisdiction over homicide cases. Most of the state's homicides are investigated by the New Hampshire State Police Major Crime Unit. However larger cities, such Concord, Dover, Keene, Manchester, Nashua, and Portsmouth, investigate homicides occurring within their jurisdictions.
The Cold Case Unit was organized in the Fall of 2009 to combine the experience of the Attorney General's Office, the Major Crime Unit, and a city detective. The Unit is staffed with a prosecutor and three detectives who will focus on reviewing unsolved homicides, unresolved suspicious deaths, and missing person cases in which foul play is suspected in the person's disappearance.
If members of the public have any information about any of the unsolved homicides in this state, they are encouraged to use the tip form to provide information to the investigators. The following is a list of cases under review by the Cold Case Unit.
New Hampshire Cold Case Unit | 33 Hazen Drive | Concord, NH | 03305