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Update: Authorities say Chichester mom was stabbed to death; son arrested in Va.

New Hampshire Union Leader

May 22. 2018 4:57PM
An arrest warrant has been issued for Phillip Nash, left, after the Attorney General's office says the body of a woman found dead in Canterbury is likely that of his missing mother, Frances Nash, right. 

Chichester mother Frances Nash was killed by multiple stab wounds, authorities announced Tuesday afternoon.

Nash's body was found in Canterbury on Monday, and her son was arrested later that afternoon in Virginia. He is being held on vehicle theft charges.

New Hampshire Chief Medical Examiner Dr Jennie V. Duval ruled Nash's death a homicide and determined the manner of death to be multiple stab wounds.

Anyone with information about Nash's activities last week and this past weekend can contact New Hampshire State Police at 271-3636.

The Chichester's woman's son was arrested Monday night in Virginia, according to the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office.

Phillip Nash is described as 5 foot 9 inches tall and 150 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes.

Phillip Nash, 21, formerly of Canterbury was arrested by Virginia State Police at the 16-mile marker of Interstate 95 in Emporia, Va. about 8:20 p.m. Monday, according to Senior Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Strelzin and media reports. Police had received a "be on the lookout" for Nash, who was said to be driving a stolen maroon 2000 Ford F-350 truck with a NH vanity plate.

The police alert had said Nash was wanted for a probation violation and for driving a stolen vehicle, as well as being a person of interest in a homicide, the reports said.

A body found in Canterbury Monday afternoon likely is that of Nash's mother, Frances Nash, 51 of Chichester, who has been missing since Thursday, police said. Police also found her car in Canterbury and had issued an arrest warrant for Philip Nash in the theft of his mother's car.

A news release issued by Strelzin Tuesday morning said Nash is to be arraigned in Virginia Tuesday on a fugitive from justice charge. He will be held in Virginia while awaiting extradition, the release said.

An earlier story follows:

CANTERBURY — An arrest warrant has been issued for a Canterbury man, after the Attorney General's office says the body of a woman found dead is likely that of his missing mother.

According to state police, Frances Nash, 51, of Chichester was last heard from on Thursday.

Senior Assistant Attorney General Jeffery Strelzin said Monday an arrest warrant has been issued for Nash's son, Phillip Nash, 21.

According to Strelzin, Philip Nash is wanted in connection with the theft of Frances Nash's vehicle, a maroon 2011 Mercury Mariner SUV with New Hampshire license plate 4127573.

The SUV was found near Hackleboro Road in Canterbury on Monday.

Strelzin said authorities believe Phillip Nash may be driving a stolen maroon 2000 Ford F-350 truck, with NH vanity license plate GRANITE.

Phillip Nash is described as 5 foot 9 inches tall and 150 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes.

According to Londonderry police logs, Phillip Nash was arrested in that community on April 17 on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest or detention.

Brad Nash, who said he is also a son of Frances Nash, posted a message on Facebook Sunday asking people to look for his mother and brother Phillip.

"My mother was last seen leaving work with him Thursday night 5/17/18 and he was last seen Friday in her car alone 5/18/18," wrote Brad Nash. "I am worried for my mother's safety."

A candlelight vigil was held Monday night at Maxfield Public Library in Loudon, where Frances Nash worked as a program coordinator.

Tessa Dyer attended the vigil.

"So, so sad," wrote Dyer on Facebook. "I am so saddened for her good friends who shared wonderful sentiments tonight at the vigil, before news of her body being found was released. I only knew Fran through the library, but she was always so kind and caring, and remembered my name, even if it was a long time between visits. The world lost a bright light."

Maxfield Public Library will be closed today.

"We have lost our dear friend and co-worker and need a day to pull ourselves together," reads a message posted at the library's website. "We ask you to bear with us through this sad, sad time."

Anyone with information about Phillip or Frances Nash or the vehicles involved is asked to contact state police at 271-3636.

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