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Motive known in Quesada assault case

New Hampshire Union Leader

March 30. 2013 12:05AM

BEDFORD - Police are making progress investigating last November's violent home invasion that left a local anesthesiologist and his wife severely wounded and now know why the couple's 7 Proclamation Court home was broken into, the county's top prosecutor said Friday.

"We have a motive for the crime," Hillsborough County Attorney Patricia M. LaFrance said Friday.

LaFrance would not reveal the motive for the attack on Dr. Eduardo Quesada, 52, and his wife, Sonia, 29, last Nov. 24. Nor would she say if this means police determined whether the intruder targeted the upscale house or chose it at random.

"I'm not going to comment at this time whether it was random or not," she added.

In addition, recently-released preliminary autopsy results confirm Sonia Quesada's death inside her mother-in-law's Bedford condominium six weeks after the home invasion was not a homicide, LaFrance said.

The couple moved into the 49 Kensington Lane unit after the home invasion. Police were called to the private, over-55 community to check on the couple's welfare Jan. 7. Inside they found Dr. Quesada unconscious, his wife dead, and a pile of prescription drugs nearby.

LaFrance would not comment on whether autopsy results show Sonia Quesada committed suicide.

Once she receives the "full medical report" from the state Medical Examiner's office, LaFrance said she and Bedford Police Chief John J. Bryfonski will meet with the family to discuss the results.

"I don't have anything in writing from them yet," she explained. "As soon as we do, we probably will make some type of press release available."

LaFrance also would not comment on whether the crime had anything to do with Dr. Quesada's work as an anesthesiologist at the Pain Management Center at Elliot Hospital and Amoskeag Anesthesia PLLC in Manchester.

Investigators insist the Jan. 7 incident at 49 Kensington Lane is completely unrelated to the Nov. 24 violent home invasion that took place at the couple's 7 Proclamation Court home.

Authorities noted the couple's Proclamation Court home was broken into while there were no signs of forced entry at the Kensington Lane condominium and no visible signs of trauma to either spouse. They are investigating the Jan. 7 incident as "an untimely death" of Sonia Quesada, she explained.

It's been 4 1/2 months since Dr. Quesada and his wife came home about 10 p.m. to find an intruder in their home. Both were severely wounded in the attack and had to be hospitalized. Their 2-year-old daughter also was home, but was not hurt. She remains with relatives.

"I can't comment on the specifics of the investigation other than to say we are making progress and continue to make progress," LaFrance said.

She would not say if authorities have any suspects or developed any "persons of interest" in the Nov. 24 home invasion. She also would not say whether an arrest is imminent.

"When, and if, we make an arrest, we will hold a press conference," LaFrance said.

Reactions from Bedford residents interviewed Friday ranged from disappointment the public was not kept better informed to allegations of a cover up.

"I'm worried about it. They (police) told us to lock our doors and they haven't told us to unlock our doors. So I'm not really sure they are making progress," said one woman who refused to give her name "because I'm a widow and I live alone."

She said she wished police would be more forthcoming about some details about the crime.

"I would like to know if they (Quesadas) were targeted because if I am not involved in any illegal activities, should I still be concerned?" she added.

"It's one of the reasons we live here. To be safe. And I don't feel that way anymore," the woman said.

Nicole Forrest, 27, agreed police should at least tell residents whether the home invasion was random.

"I think we deserve to know," said the Bedford native who grew up in town and whose family still lives here. "I think we should know if we need to be alert to this type of thing...and if this is going to keep happening,"

Another resident said "fishy comes to mind" when he thinks about the crime and police investigation. Another woman, noting speculation about the crime is rampant, said "I think it was a break-in that was designed not to look like a break in." Neither would give their names.

LaFrance said authorities have been particularly "tight-lipped" in this case because it has received so much media attention.

"If we do an investigation and any of those details leak out about the progress we are making or the specifics of the crime, it could jeopardize the investigation," she explained.

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