Tips pour in about Allenstown murders
CONCORD — Investigators have received more than 50 tips from around the country in the month since they revealed a connection between a former Manchester man and the four bodies found in barrels in Allenstown in 1985 and 2000.
Some have been tips about missing-person cases, or unidentified “Jane Does,” while others have to do with the man who called himself Bob Evans, according to Det. Sgt. Michael Kokoski from the state police cold case unit.
It’s slow, painstaking work to follow up on those leads, many of which are “research intensive,” Kokoski said. But he still hopes the case will be solved.
“We’re still very much in the process of digesting all that has come in,” he said.
Authorities say they believe Evans killed a woman and three children whose bodies were dumped in barrels in Allenstown decades ago.
They believe Evans also murdered Denise Beaudin, a 23-year-old Goffstown woman who disappeared with her 6-month-old daughter shortly after Thanksgiving in 1981.
Beaudin and her baby were living with Evans in a Manchester apartment at the time. Her family had never reported them missing, believing they had left town with Evans to escape financial troubles.
Beaudin’s daughter, who was abandoned by Evans in California as a young girl and was later adopted, started researching her identity last year. DNA testing revealed she had relatives in Goffstown, N.H.
That’s when authorities realized Denise Beaudin was a missing person.
Evans was convicted of killing a California woman in 2002. He died in prison in 2010.
After investigators started looking into Beaudin’s disappearance, DNA testing revealed that Evans was the biological father of one of the girls whose bodies were found in Allenstown.
New Hampshire authorities held a news conference last month, releasing many details about the case and asking for the public’s help to identify the Allenstown victims.
Police in California also have been putting out information about the case, trying to find out more about Evans’ activities when he lived there in the 1980s, according to Kokoski. But there’s a 12-year gap during which his whereabouts are unknown, and authorities fear he may have had other victims in other states.
Evans used several aliases as he traveled on the West Coast, and Kokoski said some of the names he used have turned out to be those of real people. “We’re concerned that he was perpetrating actual identity theft as opposed to just creating fictitious identities,” he said.
Kokoski said he doesn’t know what will turn out to be the break in the Allenstown case. But he said he holds out hope that there’s a family out there somewhere who, like Denise Beaudin’s family, hasn’t realized that their loved ones are missing.
“It could be the same with the Allenstown victims, in terms of them leaving an area, nobody thinking their leaving was anything suspicious, and that leaving being unreported,” he said.
• Anyone with information about Denise Beaudin, Bob Evans or the Allenstown case is asked to contact: NH State Police Cold Case Unit at 223-3856 or firstname.lastname@example.org; Manchester Police Department at 668-8711 or MPDcoldcase@manchesternh.gov; or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST or email@example.com.