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Missing Woman: Dorothy Ann Bois - NH - 10/03/1973

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Dorothy Ann Bois

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Name: Dorothy Ann Bois

Year of Death or Disappearance: 1973

City/Town: Nashua

Status: Missing Person

Details: Dorothy Ann Bois was reported missing to the Nashua Police Department in the early morning hours of October 4, 1973.

At that time, Dorothy was 22 years old, 4'10", and weighed approximately 100 lbs. She was living at 100 Kinsley Street, first floor, with her husband Kenneth Bois when she was last seen. At that time, Dorothy had brown hair and hazel eyes.

Since she was reported missing, friends and family have not had any contact with Dorothy.

In March 2009, the Nashua Police Department re-opened and continued the investigation into Dorothy’s disappearance, and that investigation led the Nashua Police Department to obtain search warrants for two properties in Nashua, NH. Those properties are 247 Main Dunstable Road and 19 Woodbury Drive. The Nashua Police Department has recently completed the searches of those properties.

Help us solve this case and bring closure to the family of this victim.

New Hampshire Cold Case Unit | 33 Hazen Drive | Concord, NH | 03305

Telephone: 603-271-2663 or 603-271-1255

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Many hopes riding on cold case unit


BACKGROUND: State officials formally unveiled their new cold case unit, which is charged with closing some of the state’s more than 100 unsolved homicides.

CONCLUSION: Despite advances in science, tips from the public will go a long way toward determining the success of the team.

The first thing that strikes you are the eyes, seemingly so full of life, just as you would expect when looking at photographs of children.

But that initial impression momentarily betrays their presence on a new Web site dedicated to the creation of the state’s new cold case unit, which was unveiled Monday morning by state officials in Concord.

There is Kathy Lynn Gloddy, 13, who was last seen alive Nov. 21, 1971, near downtown Franklin. Her body was discovered the next day in a wooded area off Webster Street. An autopsy revealed she had been raped, beaten and strangled.

There is Raymond Breault, 17, of Berlin. His body was found early on the morning of April 22, 1987, by railroad workers next to a railway bed adjacent to Jericho Road. He had been stabbed in the heart.

And there is Debra Horn, 11, who disappeared Jan. 29, 1969, from her home in Allenstown. Seven months later, a group of teenagers discovered her body in the trunk of an abandoned car in Sandown.

Three photos. Three unsolved homicides. Three families looking for some closure.

Unfortunately, they also serve as the gateway to more tragedy: 114 other homicides, suspicious deaths and missing persons cases all with one thing in common: their killers were never brought to justice.

Three of those have roots in Nashua:

The case of Dorothy Ann Bois, 22, who was reported missing in October 1973 and never found.

The unsolved murder of Madlyn Crouse, 74, who was found strangled to death in her Main Street apartment in February 1976.

And the unsolved murder of Kathleen Randall, 18, a Boston University student who went missing in September 1972 and whose body was found a few weeks later at Yudicky Farm.

Among the other Greater Nashua cold cases on the list are two in Milford and one each in Hollis and Merrimack.

This is the challenge facing Senior Assistant Attorney General Will Delker, the onetime homicide prosecutor, who was chosen to head the four-person cold case unit. He will be assisted by two state police detectives and a retired Manchester Police Department investigator who once specialized in cold case investigations.

A good share of the credit for the creation of this unit must go to state Rep. Peyton Hinkle, R-Merrimack, who sponsored the legislation (HB 690) after learning about the large number of unsolved murders in the state. He also was particularly influenced by one such case closer to home: the double murder of Merrimack teens Diane Compagna and Anne Psaradelis in 1973.

In fact, it was that case that prompted The Telegraph to publish a special two-day series in early March, which was timed to coincide with the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee’s public hearing on the bill. We also wrote several editorials expressing our support for the legislation.

Today, as fans of TV shows like “CSI†and “Cold Case†can attest, investigators have far more tools available than they did when the bodies of the two Merrimack teens were discovered 36 years ago. Criminal investigations have been revolutionized by advancements in science, particularly the use of DNA analysis to both implicate and exonerate those suspected of criminal activity.

Still, criminal cases – particularly those dating back as long as 40 years ago – don’t get solved by science alone. Tips from those who may have information about a particular case can be instrumental in putting investigators on the right track toward an eventual arrest and conviction.

The state’s new cold case Web site ( coldcaseunit), in addition to listing basic information about the team and a brief description of the unsolved cases, provides several ways for the public to share information with police.

A tip form is not yet active, but in the meantime anyone with information about these cases can call 271-2663 or 271-1255, fax 223-6270 or e-mail

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