Suspect and one victim in double murder have drug ties

Derrick Shippee, 28, the person who police believe committed a double murder in Hinsdale, was found dead in Vernon, Vt., according to authorities.

HINSDALE — One of the victims in the double-murder on Plain Road in Hinsdale Thursday and the man charged with those murders had criminal ties to the illegal drug traffic in the region.

The New Hampshire Attorney General’s office announced Friday afternoon the body of Derrick Shippee, 28, had been found in Vernon, Vt.

Hours earlier, they had confirmed warrants for the arrest of Shippee for the second-degree murders of Neal Bolster, 29, and Aaliyah Jacobs, 19.

Bolster and Jacobs were discovered dead at a residence at 240 Plain Road on Thursday while police were doing a welfare check on the couple.

Both Bolster and Jacobs died from gunshot wounds, according to the Attorney General’s statement.

According to their social media accounts, Bolster and Jacobs had in the past been involved in a romantic relationship.

Bolster owned the manufactured home where the couple was found.

Shippee was arrested in 2017 in Vermont when he was found with a loaded gun, drugs and about $3,000 in cash, according to a report in the Brattleboro Reformer. Shippee was arrested with about 3,500 bags of heroin during the October 2017 traffic stop.

Bolster himself had a criminal history that includes charges of dealing a fatal dose of drugs to a Vermont man and attempted murder for his role in a shooting at the Chesterfield Gorge.

Bolster and Dalton Kissell, 28, of Westminster, Vt., were charged late last year with providing the heroin laced with fentanyl that Connor Rusin, 25, of Wilmington, Vt., overdosed on, according to the Reformer.

In 2012, Bolster pleaded guilty to charges of first-degree assault and one count of attempted robbery in the shooting of Christopher Bodisher in the Chesterfield Gorge parking lot on April 1, 2011, according to court records.

Bolster was originally charged with attempted murder for the shooting, which authorities said was part of an effort by Bolster and three other men to rob Bodisher.

Bolster was sentenced to five to 10 years in state prison as part of a plea agreement reached in the case, according to court records.

Jacobs is not known to have a criminal record.

Hinsdale, on the Connecticut River, and Brattleboro, Vt., have been a hub of drug trafficking in the Monadnock Region.

Earlier this month police announced the arrest of 19 people in and around the two towns, allegedly connected to the illegal drug trade.

The police operation included the effort of local and state police in both New Hampshire and Vermont and federal law enforcement agencies. Neither Bolster nor Shippee were charged in that effort.

Anyone with information about this case is urged to call New Hampshire State Police Detective Sgt. Shawn Skahan at 223-8494 or shawn.skahan@dos.nh.gov.

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