Reward for info in Manchester murder now at $38,500, could go higher with matching pledgeBy MARK HAYWARD
New Hampshire Union Leader
September 30. 2015 7:32PM
MANCHESTER — A North End auto dealer is launching a $5,000 challenge campaign aimed at neighboring merchants to help boost the reward being offered in connection with the murder of Manchester native Denise Robert.
Greg Grant, president and co-owner of State Motors Lincoln, said he will add another $5,000 to the reward fund if five other merchants commit $5,000 to the fund.
Grant, who said he purchased advertising from Robert for 30 years, has already pledged $5,000 toward the fund.
“Here you had someone who was innocent, wouldn’t hurt a fly and probably weighed 90 pounds soaking wet,” Grant said.
Robert, 62, lived in Bedford with her mother and sold newspaper advertising for the Union Leader Corp. She was killed on Aug. 30, while taking her routine Sunday evening walk in the North End.
Several donations and pledges have been made. The current reward amounts to $38,500, which includes a recent donation of $1,000, said Crimeline member Kimberley Griswold.
Griswold said the Robert reward is the largest she is aware of that has been offered through the Manchester Crimeline.
“For anyone who has a memory going back that far, we’ve never been involved in being the facilitator for this large a reward,” she said.
Grant said his brother and family live close to Ray and Carpenter streets, where Robert’s body was found. Grant said his sister-in-law or his niece could have been killed as easily as Robert.
He said he hopes his effort will make the reward fund large enough for any tipster to start over somewhere else.
“It’s my feeling somebody knows about this,” Grant said, adding that a tipster may have a questionable background, but that’s all right as long as he or she provides good information.
Grant said businesses in the North End — banks, credit unions, auto dealers and restaurants — should consider pledging to the reward fund. “We all make our living in the North End,” Grant said.
Robert was raised in a family of 12 children on Sagamore Street.
Her killing has both alarmed and baffled residents of the neighborhood. Police have ruled out several possible theories. Earlier this week, Police Chief Nick Willard expressed confidence that the crime will eventually be solved.
A REWARD OF MORE THAN $38,000 has been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the murder of Denise Robert, who was found shot to death about 9 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 30, near Ray and Carpenter streets in the city's North End.
Police have asked people who saw Robert (shown in the surveillance image above at right with what she was wearing on Aug. 30). or her copper-colored Volvo on the night of Sunday, Aug. 30, to come forward.
Information is also being sought on a dark-colored pickup truck witnesses reported seeing in the area that night. The driver is described as a white male in his 20s or 30s with closely cropped hair.
They are also asking for anyone with video surveillance equipment in the city (not just the North End) to check for images of Robert, her car or the pickup truck on that night.
Click here to view a map with a timeline of her whereabouts on the night she was murdered.
Anyone with information about the case is urged to call police at 624-4040 or log onto www.manchestercrimeline.org. Tips can be left anonymously.