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News Release

For Immediate Release
January 13, 2011

Susan G. Morrell, Senior Assistant Attorney General
(603) 231-1585
James C. Vara, Attorney
(603) 271-3671

Death in Warner, New Hampshire

New Hampshire Attorney General Michael A. Delaney, New Hampshire State Police Colonel Robert L. Quinn, and Warner Police Chief William Chandler announce that additional details are available in regards to the incident that took place in Warner on Sunday, January 9, 2011.

An autopsy was performed by New Hampshire's Chief Medical Examiner, Dr. Thomas A. Andrew, on the deceased adult male. Dr. Andrew has determined that the cause of death was a single gunshot wound to the head, fired at close range. The deceased male has not yet been identified through his fingerprints. Authorities are now looking for the public's assistance in determining his identity.

The male subject is described as a white male in his twenties to thirties, 5'9" tall, 155 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. The male subject was wearing multiple layers of clothing, indicating that he may have been transient. He was found to have four distinctive tattoos on his arms as follows: on his left forearm, a tattoo of a typewriter. On the inside of his left wrist, a tattoo reading "be here". On the back of his right arm, above his elbow, a tattoo reading "ques". On the inside of his right wrist, a tattoo reading "to love me". Photos of his tattoos and clothing are attached.

Based on the investigation to date, it appears that the deceased adult male broke into Mr. Gordon Smith's home in Warner and remained in the home for several hours. During that time, the intruder behaved in an unusual manner, which raised questions regarding his state of mind. The intruder held Mr. Smith against his will and at times assaulted him. Mr. Smith sustained several injuries during these assaults. After several hours, the intruder threatened Mr. Smith with a handgun, which the intruder had brought with him. A short time later, the intruder put the gun to his own head and grabbed Mr. Smith's hand, pulling it toward the gun. Thereafter, the gun discharged. The intruder was shot in the head and died as a result. Mr. Smith was not physically injured by the gunfire.

The incident remains under investigation.

The New Hampshire State Police is asking for anyone who may know or have any information about the identify of the deceased to contact the New Hampshire State Police Headquarters at (603) 223-4381.

typewriter tattoo
Typewriter Tattoo
be here tattoo
"be here" Tattoo
to love me tattoo
"to love me" Tattoo
ques tattoo
"ques" tattoo
victim's clothing
Victim's Clothing

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