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Brennan's children looking for information on two-year-old Manchester murder

New Hampshire Union Leader

September 30. 2012 11:46PM
Clay Brennan speaks to a stopped driver Sunday in the area where his mother was murdered as he looked for clues in the case. (Damien Fisher/Union Leader)

MANCHESTER - They stood out on street corners in Sunday's rain, handing out flyers to stopped cars, hoping for something, anything that will end the mystery behind the murder of their mother.

'We just want to keep the story alive,' said Jason Brennan, 27.

Brennan, along with his two brothers, Clay Brennan, 24, and Drew Brennan, 22, joined family and friends of their mother Lynne Melk Brennan to hand out flyers and put up signs in an effort to get information about her murder.

'I don't know what more I should be doing,' Clay Brennan said.

They walked the streets and talked to neighbors and shop keepers, finding small nuggets of information they will turn over to police.

'We're just trying to come up and raise awareness,' Drew Brennan said. 'We've been waiting a few years now.'

Lynne Melk Brennan was found murdered nearly two years ago in her River Street apartment. She was going through the final stages of a drawn-out and bitter divorce from her husband John Brennan, according to family. Police think Lynne Melk Brennan had been dead for a few days before she was found by her landlord, her sister Lisa Post said. In the months and now years that have followed, the case seems to have stalled out and little information has been made public.

'It's horrific for her family not to have anyone held accountable for her murder,' Post said.

The family sees some hope for the future of the case. New detectives have been assigned to the investigation, Post said, and the leads they turned up Sunday shows there is still more information out there.

The family put informational posters on utility polls and tied them with purple ribbon to show support for women suffering from domestic violence. Lynne Melk Brennan was a victim of domestic violence in the years before her murder, Post said. Katie Schelzel, director of programs for the Manchester YWCA's Crisis Services, said many women being abused will never show that to the world, and the abusers are adept at hiding their nature.

'Domestic violence is done behind closed doors,' Schelzel said.

Moira Black grew up with Lynne Melk Brennan, they made their first Holy Communion together, and Black was a bridesmaid at her wedding. She wants people to remember the good things about her friend.

'She was so beautiful, and yet she was the most down-to-earth person you could meet,' Black said. 'She had a real joy for life.'

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the Manchester Crimeline at 624-4040 or go to to submit tips anonymously.

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