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News Release

For Immediate Release
July 8, 2013

Susan G. Morrell, Senior Assistant Attorney General
(603) 231-1585

Arrest Warrant Issued for James Robarge in Connection with the Murder of Kelly Robarge

New Hampshire Attorney General Joseph A. Foster, New Hampshire State Police Colonel Robert C. Quinn, Charlestown Police Chief Ed Smith, and Claremont Police Chief Alexander Scott announce that an arrest warrant has been issued for James Robarge on one count of Reckless Second Degree Murder. The charge alleges that James Robarge recklessly caused the death of his wife, Kelly Robarge (42) on June 27, 2013, in Charlestown, New Hampshire by inflicting trauma to her body, under circumstances manifesting an extreme indifference to the value of human life.

James Robarge is currently incarcerated at the Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield, Vermont on unrelated motor vehicle charges. Vermont State Police have charged Robarge with being a fugitive from justice and he will be arraigned on that charge in Windham District Court in Brattleboro, Vermont at 12:30 or 1:00 pm today. This will initiate the extradition process to return Robarge to New Hampshire to face the murder charge.

Kelly Robarge disappeared under suspicious circumstances on June 27, 2013. An extensive search for her body began that day and ended on July 6, when members of the Fish and Game Department found her in the woods off of Britton Road in Unity, New Hampshire. Deputy Chief Medical Examiner, Dr. Duval confirmed the identity of the body at autopsy today. Dr. Duval also determined that the cause of Kelly Robarge's death was homicidal violence by undetermined means. The manner of her death was determined to be homicide.

The investigation is continuing.

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