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Officials: Motive behind Dover murder-suicide undetermined

Union Leader Correspondent

April 20. 2018 1:28PM
A Facebook photo shows the couple found dead in Dover Monday morning. Daniel Barnes and Meghan Thomas had rented a house on Palmer Drive for a number of years. (Facebook photo)

DOVER — Senior Assistant Attorney General Benjamin Agati says investigators may never know exactly what transpired between the couple found dead in Dover Monday morning.

“I don’t know if we’re going to find out exactly what set this thing off; I hope so,” Agati said Thursday.

Agati believes evidence collected at the scene may provide enough information for them to determine motive for the murder-suicide, but it will take time for everything to be processed. Toxicology reports take 45 to 60 days, he said.

What is known is that Meghan Thomas, 36, and Daniel Barnes, 40, rented the house at 5 Palmer Drive for a number of years.

According to her Facebook profile, the couple became serious in October of 2014.

According to her LinkedIn profile, Thomas worked as a district lead technician at CVS Pharmacy and started at the company in 2013.

Michael DeAngelis, senior director of corporate communications for CVS Health, said the pharmacy team in Rochester is devastated by the loss of Thomas.

“She will be greatly missed by her colleagues and customers. All of us at CVS extend our sincere condolences to Meghan’s family and loved ones,” DeAngelis said Thursday.

Thomas was also part of the original crew at the Chop Shop Pub & Grill in Seabrook, starting at the bar in 2009 and working there for several years.

Bill Niland, owner of the Chop Shop, described Thomas as bubbly and bright.

“Once you knew her, you loved her,” Niland said. “She was so bubbly and bright. She always got you to smile, one way or another.”

Thomas graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a bachelor of arts degree in 2005, according to her LinkedIn profile.

Barnes worked for a drywall company in southern Maine, Agati said.

According to his Facebook profile, Barnes went to York High School and is from Cape Neddick, Maine.

Agati said between 3:45 p.m. Sunday and 8:20 a.m. Monday, Barnes stabbed Thomas in the neck and chest, killing her before hanging himself from a tree outside.

Police were called to the home about 8:20 a.m. Monday after a driver saw Barnes in the backyard. When officers responded they entered the house and found Thomas dead in the living room.

Dover police Lt. Brant Dolleman said they had never been called to the home before for domestic violence issues.

Barnes and Thomas were the only people who lived at the house.

Services for Barnes will be private.

Services for Thomas are not yet known, but patrons at the Chop Shop will raise their glasses in her honor on Saturday at 8 p.m.

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