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Investigators conclude search in Black Acres area of Manchester

Staff Report
November 16. 2017 3:03AM
Manchester police and other law enforcement leave the woods behind the Kimball Street housing project, where a third day of searching continued for evidence in connection to the 1980 disappearance of Denise Daneault. (MARK HAYWARD/UNION LEADER)



Police on Tuesday wrapped up their search in the Black Acres area for clues in the disappearance of a Manchester mom 37 years ago, a homicide prosecutor said.

Senior Assistant Attorney General Jeffery Strelzin said nothing was found that he could report on publicly.

He said additional searches may take place in the future, but police haven’t decided where another search would be.

“We are searching for any evidence that may be related to Ms. (Denise) Daneault’s disappearance or whereabouts,” Strelzin said.

From Saturday to Tuesday, law enforcement dug up several areas in Black Acres, a sprawling, city-owned tract of forest, sand pits and trails on the West Side. They concentrated on sites adjacent to the Kimball Street housing project.

Strelzin said authorities have lifted all restrictions on access to the area.

Daneault, 25, was a mother of two small children who disappeared in June 1980 after leaving a social club at the corner of Merrimack and Union streets. She would be 62 if alive today.

Police have always treated the matter as a missing person case, but Strelzin said the operation started after police heard from someone as they flooded the media with requests for tips in an unrelated case.

The FBI and other agencies were involved in the search. Strelzin said they provided the equipment for the search.

Anyone with information about Daneault is asked to call Detective Lucas Hobbs at the Manchester Police Department at 792-5519.


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