New HampshireDepartment of JusticeOffice of the Attorney General

Cold Case UnitLaura Kempton

The 1981 unsolved homicide of Laura Kempton.

photo of homicide victim Laura Kempton.

Year of Death or Disappearance: 1981

City/Town: Portsmouth

Status: Unsolved Homicide

On Monday, September 28, 1981 at 9:30 a.m., the body of Laura Kempton, age 23, was found murdered in her apartment located at 20 Chapel Street in Portsmouth, NH. The autopsy conducted by the NH Medical Examiner reported Laura died of massive head trauma, consistent with being struck by a blunt object, causing contusions and lacerations of the brain. Laura was a student at the Portsmouth Beauty School and was employed at Macro Polo, Inc. and Karen's Ice Cream Parlor.

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photo of Chapel Street apartment building in Portsmouth.

Crime Scene

New Hampshire Department of Justice
33 Capitol Street | Concord, NH | 03301
Telephone: 603-271-3658