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State Police chopper conducts search as part of Exeter murder probe

Union Leader Correspondent

July 13. 2018 1:05PM

A state police helicopter was searching an area near the Exeter McDonald's Wednesday as part of an ongoing murder investigation. (Courtesy)

EXETER — A state police helicopter seen hovering over an area near the McDonald’s on Portsmouth Avenue Wednesday was part of the investigation into the alleged murder of a woman found dead after a mobile home fire last month.

Deputy Attorney General Jane Young confirmed Thursday the chopper’s presence was connected to the investigation into the death of Carol Felides, but she declined to offer details on the exact search area and any evidence that investigators may have been looking for during the aerial activity.

“The investigation has remained robust and ongoing,” she said.

The Attorney General’s office has not said how the 65-year-old Felides was killed. Her body was found after firefighters responded to a blaze at her mobile home at 66 Hayes Park in the early morning hours of June 19.

Days after the discovery, Derek W. Webber, 31, was charged with second-degree murder and arson.

When asked to comment on the circumstances surrounding Felides’ death, Young said, “At this point in the investigation I’m not able to release that information for different reasons.”

Felides had moved into the Hayes Mobile Home Park just days before she died. Neighbors said Webber had lived in the park for a time, but had moved out several months earlier.

Investigators from the State Police Major Crime Unit spent a few days searching for evidence at Felides’ home and the mobile home across the street where Webber had once lived.

According to court documents, Webber was allegedly seen exposing himself to someone outside a Phillips 66 gas station on Portsmouth Avenue several hours before the fire.

Young has not commented on whether that incident was in any way connected to the arson and murder investigation.

Meanwhile, a clerk in the Brentwood Circuit Court confirmed that search warrants were granted, but the details weren’t released because they were sealed by a judge. An affidavit in the case also remains sealed at Rockingham County Superior Court.

Webber remains held without bail at the Rockingham County jail. His next court date is a dispositional conference scheduled for Aug. 22 at 8:30 a.m.

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