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Mass. pond searched near location of homicide victim's body

By KEVIN LANDRIGAN New Hampshire Union Leader
July 18. 2018 10:08PM


ASBURNHAM, Mass. — Massachusetts State Police spent several hours Wednesday searching a pond just a few miles from where a 20-year-old homicide victim was found last week in Rindge, N.H.

New Hampshire authorities would only say they were told of the search, but did not confirm if it was related to the death of Brandon Chicklis, 20, of Westminster, Mass.

“In general we were made aware of the search that went on today,” said Senior Assistant Attorney General Ben Agati, who is leading the investigation into the homicide.

Chicklis' hometown was near Ashburnham and last week Agati had asked for residents from the Rindge area as well as the Massachusetts communities of Gardner, Winchendon and Ashburnham to take a look at photos of Chicklis and his Honda.

The Facebook page of Chicklis, which has not been updated recently, said he lived in Ashburnham a few years ago.

Chicklis' body was found July 10 by a jogger in a wooded area off Route 119 in Rindge. He was last seen June 23, when he told his family he was going to visit a relative in Windham, N.H.

The search location in Massachusetts is about six miles from where Chicklis' body was found. His car was found June 29 in the parking lot of a Hannaford supermarket in Rindge.

His death has been ruled a homicide, but police have not released the cause of death. They have asked that anyone with any knowledge of what Chicklis was doing from June 23-25 contact investigators.

The focus of Wednesday's search was a private property at 171 Packard Hill Road which is adjacent to a small pond.

County prosecutors in Massachusetts told media outlets in that state the search was related to an ongoing investigation involving Ashburnham, but declined to elaborate on any link to Chicklis.

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