by Robert A. Waters
No one has ever come forward to identify the remains.
Investigators determined that each victim died of blunt force trauma to the head. They estimated the first two victims to be between 23 and 33 years of age and 5 to 11.
In the second drum, one victim ranged from 1 to 3 years old, and the second from 2 to 4.
Police have determined through DNA testing that three of the four were related. It’s possible that the adult was a mother who died with two of her children. Further tests are being conducted in hopes of obtaining additional information about the victims.
Police have kicked around several theories about the four. Were they murdered by a spouse or partner? Were they in a commune, or some other organization that flew beneath the radar? Were they transients? Or from a foreign country, such as Canada? Truth is, the police just don’t know.
New Hampshire State Police Sgt. Joe Ebert told reporters that child-killers are rare. “It takes a very certain profile of an individual to kill a child,” he said.
The victims are buried together in an Allenstown, New Hampshire church cemetery. The inscription on the marker reads: “May their souls find peace in God’s loving care.”
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children recently released three-dimensional facial reconstructions of the victims. If you have information concerning this case, contact the New Hampshire State Police at 603-223-3856.