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December 8, 2012

A year later, murders unsolved

Police seek public's help in double homicides

ANDOVER — Police have reached a dead end in their investigation into the shocking, execution-style murders of John and Geraldine Magee in their home one year ago and are now appealing to the public for help.

“We are asking anyone who has any information no matter how seemingly insignificant to please contact us,” District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett said in a joint statement with Andover Police Chief Brian Pattullo.

“Often in a homicide investigation there are people who have information, but may not realize its relevance or importance in the investigation. At this point, any and all investigation is important,” Blodgett said in the statement.

On the morning of Dec. 14, 2011, John “Jack” Magee, 69, and Geraldine “Jeri” Magee, 67, were found dead in their home at 7 Orchard Crossing off Route 28. The couple’s daughter, Holly Magee Senykoff, discovered the bodies when she arrived at the home early that cold morning to drop off her children for her parents to babysit.

But to date, no arrests have been made and no persons of interest or suspects have been publicly identified. Some leads in the case have been exhausted while other theories, none of which police will reveal publicly, are being actively investigated.

About one-third of murders — whether committed by an acquaintance or a stranger — are never solved, according to a local crime expert.

If a suspect isn’t identified within a day of the crime, the chances of closing the case drastically diminish, said Larry Siegel, a criminology author and criminal justice professor at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.

“After 24 hours, the odds of catching somebody are pretty low but it’s not impossible,” Siegel said.

Without warning, police can receive a random call or tip that blows the case wide open. The thinnest thread can unravel the entire puzzle, he said.

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