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2 months later, investigation of Manchester homicide in Little League park continues

New Hampshire Union Leader

October 27. 2016 7:59PM
Manchester police removed a section of the bleacher where a man's body was found in Prout Park on Young Street. (DOUG ALDEN/FILE)

MANCHESTER — Two months ago today, the body of a murdered Manchester man — a loner accustomed to taking long overnight walks around his neighborhood — was discovered in the bleachers of a youth baseball park in east Manchester.

Police have yet to make an arrest in the homicide of Richard Carlson, 61, who lived at 1020 Clay St., about three blocks from Prout Park.

“It (the investigation) is still open at this point in time. That’s pretty much all I can say,” said Assistant Attorney General Peter Hinckley, the homicide prosecutor overseeing the case.

Search warrants have been obtained and executed in the case, he said, but he would give no further details. Nor would he say whether police have any leads in the case.

“Each case has its own challenges; there’s no such thing as an easy case,” Hinckley said.

Meanwhile, police continue to await the results of forensic tests for the body of a man found two weeks ago at a West Side park.

Jeffrey Williams, 44, of 444 Boynton St., Bedford, was found in the early afternoon of Oct. 12.

His body was discovered in a bushy area of Cullerot Park, behind a large blue storage container.

Cullerot is close to Northwest Elementary School. Manchester police Lt. Brian O’Keefe said there is nothing to say about the death until toxicology reports are completed. That can take several months, he said.

Carlson’s murder troubled the neighborhoods of east Manchester families who live close to Prout Park.

He suffered from diabetes and sleep apnea, allowing him to receive disability payments. He lived alone in a public housing apartment. At the time of his death, his neighbors said he didn’t make trouble and had few visitors.

A smoker, he took to the streets of the city for long walks, sometimes at odd hours. Neighbors had said they would hear him leave his apartment at 10 p.m. and return five hours later.

“I didn’t know Richard, but he lives right by me, and I would see him walk by my house every day or just hang out at the store or in front of his house not bothering anyone,” wrote Valerie Ann Felix on a GoFundMe page created to raise donations for Carlson’s funeral.

The campaign raised $1,565 of its $8,000 goal.

Authorities have yet to say how Carlson died, other than that his death was a homicide.

Officials used a metal saw to remove a portion of the bleacher where he was found.

Hinckley cautioned against people being too alarmed.

“There’s been a homicide in the area. If I lived in the area, that’s something I’d take into account, but there’s no specific cause for concern,” he said.

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