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Police were outside 15 Ridgemont Drive in Londonderry on Tuesday after a report of a suspicious death.

LONDONDERRY — Police have charged a 24-year-old man with second-degree murder in connection with a death at 15 Ridgemont Drive.

Brandon Castiglione

Brandon Castiglione

charged with second-degree murder

Brandon Castiglione, is accused of "recklessly causing the death of Luis Garcia, age 60, under circumstances manifesting an extreme indifference to the value of human life," according to a news release from the state Attorney General's office.

Castiglione is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in Rockingham County Superior Court.

Suspicious death at 15 Ridgemont Drive in Londonderry

The State Police Major Crime Unit arrives Tuesday evening to investigate a suspicious death at 15 Ridgemont Drive in Londonderry. 

Police cordoned off the property Tuesday evening and stationed cruisers outside the raised-ranch home.

At 5:35 p.m., State Police investigators arrived and began canvassing the neighborhood. The State Police Major Crimes Unit truck arrived 30 minutes later.

According to Fire Battalion Chief Jim Roger, crews initially responded to what they thought was a carbon monoxide poisoning at the address at 2:37 p.m. Police had arrived first and called the fire department.

The fire department provided an air-monitoring device to confirm there was no carbon monoxide.

According to town records, the split-level house has been owned by Mark J. Castiglione since 2009. Phone records also list Brandon M. Castiglione at 15 Ridgemont.

Neighbor Marsha Therieult of 11 Ridgemont said she saw Mark Castiglione drive up to the police cordon around 2:45 p.m., walk up to his house and return later for his car.

Dennis Tetrault, at 18 Ridgemont, said he was home around 2:10 p.m. when he heard a loud boom.

He later heard some commotion coming from the neighbors at 17 Ridgemont, which is next door to 15 Ridgemont.

He said he heard yelling and someone asking about Brandon, who he said was Castiglione’s son.

The residents of 17 Ridgemont declined to speak to a Union Leader reporter.

Tetrault’s mother, Francesca Tetrault, said Mark Castiglione lived alone and never spoke to her.

“All the other neighbors, they talk to me,” Tetrault said.

She said Castiglione had two grown children, Brandon and a daughter named Danielle. Tetrault said Brandon would sometimes visit his father at the house.

Ridgemont Drive is a quiet cul-du-sac off Parmenter Road, in a wooded residential part of town.

Londonderry police said they weren’t able to comment on the investigation and deferred all questions related to the matter to the Attorney General’s office.

Local and State Police and the Attorney General's office continue to investigate. 

Officials ask anyone with any information to contact State Police Sgt. Stephen Sloper at 628-8477.

Thursday, November 21, 2019