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New Hampshire

December 19, 2012

Investigation moves forward in 1969 murder case


Deputy police Chief Shawn Patten said police always aim for 100 percent solvability.

“I would think it would go without saying, any time there’s an unsolved murder, there’s someone out there who committed murder and has not been not charged,” he said. “We’ll do anything we can to solve a crime, especially a homicide. Anything we can do, we’re going to do it.”

After the remains had been removed yesterday, the grave recovered, the crowd dispersed, Chase dug his hands into his pockets and looked across the wind-swept cemetery.

“John Pond is buried right other there,” he said, pointing to a nearby grave.

Ironically, Pond was the victim of another cold case, one Chase played a key role in solving earlier this year. Using DNA and other evidence, investigators were able to name Mark Craig as the man who killed Pond in 1990.

Craig died long before he was named as Pond’s killer, but the case was finally solved and offered his family some resolution.

Chase was optimistic yesterday.

“It went as well as it could have gone,” he said. “It doesn’t matter how old it is. Homicide is a priority. You work it until you hit a dead end.”

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