Police seek tips in shooting death of Union Leader Corp. sales rep in Manchester's North EndBy MARK HAYWARD
New Hampshire Union Leader
August 31. 2015 2:33PM
MANCHESTER — Police are calling for tips from the public to help determine who murdered a long-time advertising sales woman who worked for the Union Leader Corp. while she was taking her habitual Sunday night walk.
The family of Bedford resident Denise Robert, 62, said they are in shock. Robert, who worked for the Union Leader Corp. and in adverstising sales since 1983, was shot and killed Sunday night at the corner of Carpenter and Ray streets.
Associate Attorney General Jane Young said authorities are asking anyone who say Robert on Sunday night to call police.
She said Robert was seen leaving the Executive Court gym around 6 p.m. She traveled to Vitamin World, leaving around 6:08 p.m., then headed to Walmart in Manchester until shortly after 7 p.m.
Young said Robert stopped at Hannaford on John Devine Drive until about 8:21 before parking her car in the North End and starting her walk.
Police said they responded to a report of a woman suffering from an apparent gunshot wound around 9 p.m. She was found on a grassy area near the sidewalk across from 311 Ray St., near the intersection of Carpenter, police said.
The shooting took place in an affluent North End neighborhood where lawyers, doctors, professionals and business owners own stately Colonial homes.
"She had a habit of going out for walks late at night," Tom Robert, her brother, said.
"She was an exercise enthusiast. She grew up on Sagamore Street not far from there. She felt it was a safe neighborhood to walk in. It’s what she did on Sunday nights," Robert said.
His sister was single, lived with her mother and had no enemies that he knows of. She sold advertising for Neighborhood News, a chain of weekly newspapers owed by the Union Leader Corp.
Homicide prosecutors with the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office are working with Manchester police on the investigation. Chief Nick Willard said he plans to increase patrols in the area. He will also be holding a meeting with residents at 5:30 p.m.
A witness who was driving on Union Street between 8:30 and 8:45 p.m. said a mid-sized pickup truck that had been driving east on Carpenter Street barreled down Union Street toward the city.
"It peeled out from the stop sign onto Union Street without stopping," said the witness. The witness said the driver was young and had short hair. The pickup seemed rusty and old.
Police said they had every detective on the department working on the case Monday. They were not ruling anything in or out.
At the Union Leader, co-workers of Robert were dismayed to learn of her death.
"Denise dedicated her life to the Neighborhood News and New Hampshire Union Leader and left an indelible contribution," said Steve Pare, advertising manager at the Union Leader.
"No one cared more about Neighborhood News and the New Hampshire Union Leader than Denise Robert. She worked tirelessly and cared deeply about her customers and co-workers. Her memory will live on and she’ll be deeply missed but never forgotten," he said.