New HampshireDepartment of JusticeOffice of the Attorney General

News Release

For Immediate Release
March 16, 2019

Kate Spiner, Director of Communications
603-573-6103 |

Geoffrey W.R. Ward, Senior Assistant Attorney General
Chief, Criminal Justice Bureau
(03-545-1737 |

Autopsy Results and Death of James Eckert in the Alton Homicide Investigation

Concord, NH – Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald, New Hampshire State Police Colonel Christopher J. Wagner, and Alton Police Chief Ryan L. Heath announce that the autopsy has been completed on Lizette Eckert, who was discovered deceased in Alton, New Hampshire on Friday, March 15, 2019.

Chief Medical Examiner, Dr. Jennie V. Duval, has determined that the manner of death was homicide. The cause of Ms. Eckert's death was a single gunshot wound to the head.

James Eckert was pronounced deceased late Friday, March 15, 2019. The autopsy for Mr. Eckert is scheduled for Monday, March 18, 2019.

The investigation into the deaths of Lizette and James Eckert remains ongoing. No additional information is expected to be released today.

New Hampshire Department of Justice
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Telephone: 603-271-3658