Hills Garrison School Toys for Tots Drive
The fourth grade classes of Mrs. Senecal, Ms. Lunt, Mrs. McQueeney and Mrs. Liakos at Hills Garrison School sponsored a school-wide toy drive in cooperation with the U.S. Marines. On Monday, December 19, two Marines came to collect the overflowing boxes of new toys. Many thanks go to all who contributed to this worthy cause. It is heartwarming to know that these toys will go to local needy families.
The Police Investigation of Henry Holcomb, II: Hudson-CSI
by Doug Robinson
When Henry Holcomb, II ventured into the woods off Kiena Road during July 2003, little did he know that nearly two 1/2 years later, he would be providing the detectives of the Hudson Police Department the investigation of their lifetime.
July 2003 was a busy news month. On July 27, 2003, Yahoo news reports that “Bob Hope Dies at 100” while the British Broadcasting Company reports that “an extensive investigation of Loch Ness by a BBC team, using 600 separate sonar beams, found no trace of any ‘sea monster’ in the loch.” It goes on to say, “it is now conclusively proven that ‘Nessie’ does not exist.”
Also in July of 2003, “The International Olympic Committee announced in Prague, Czech Republic, that Vancouver, British Columbia will host the 2010 Winter Olympics”, and on July 1, 2003, Answers.com states “After many years of controversy, the United Kingdom House of Commons, the lower house of parliament, again votes in favor of legislation to ban fox hunting.”
Gasoline was selling at $1.60 per gallon and Hudson’s Fire Chief Carpentino says “Farewell to Hudson” as reported in the Nashua Telegraph.
However, what does not make any news and what investigators are still pondering, is what happened to Henry Holcomb, II during his final walk into the woods that July day.
On November 15, 2005, the Hudson Police Department received a phone call from a hunter, who, while exiting the woods, stated that he had “tripped and upon looking down to see what he tripped over, saw that he had tripped over the remains of a human skull.” As the call came in during evening hours, the Hudson Police decided to investigate the report during daylight hours, when visibility would be better.
On the rainy and foggy morning of November 16, 2005, the Hudson Police detectives, along with members of the State Police Major Crimes Unit, entered the woods off Kiena Road to search for the remains as reported by the hunter. As Lieutenant David Bianchi described, “We walked about one quarter mile through the woods, across a stream, then up a hill. We then walked upon a clearing when we found the bones. The remains were near the power lines, and the bones were found to be lying on top of the ground, lightly covered by leaves and brush. We did not find any clothing, jewelry, wallet, or shoes. The most vivid memory I have of the investigation scene is the glistening from the gold tooth located in the skull. Even though it was cloudy, the gold stood out.”
The investigation of the remains by the Major Crimes Unit and the Hudson Police Department showed “no signs of impact from a bullet wound nor did the bones reflect a penetration from a knife wound,” commented Lieutenant Bianchi. “We were unable, at that point in time, to determine the cause of death and waited to see what the medical examiner’s analysis would tell us.”
While the State Police and medical examiner began their process of identifying the remains, the Hudson Police Department had also began their exhaustive search, a search which would take five detectives almost two months to investigate and to identify the person to whom the bones belonged.
Initial reports from medical experts who assisted from Maine stated that the bones had been in the woods for approximately three to 10 years. However, these experts later changed their thoughts to a time frame of 20 to 30 years. The medical examiner, however, was able to establish that the remains belonged to a “white male, approximately 67 years old.”
With this information, the detectives from the Hudson Police Department began to check missing person reports from the area and began to work with neighboring police departments in their efforts to match the bones of this reported individual with any reported missing persons. While many different individuals did surface, the police did not receive any evidence to assist them with their ongoing investigation.
The Hudson Police then submitted their information to the New Hampshire State Police in efforts to take their search statewide for the identity of the owner of the bones. And again, nothing panned out for the search for the identity of this individual.
And then, as in most cases, came the big break. The big break came to the Hudson Police Department in the shape of an abandoned van.
In searching their database, the Hudson Police Department research showed that a van had been reported abandoned on Robinson Road in July of 2003. The detectives also learned that the van had been abandoned only a half mile from the location of the bones. The van had been abandoned near the “area of 98 Robinson Road in July 2003,” according to Lieutenant David Bianchi.
Research of the van showed that the van was eventually towed to a local towing company, where it was later destroyed for salvage dollars as it had never been claimed. According to the towing company, “the fees were never paid.”
“We were able to establish the owner of the vehicle from the registration and we were able to establish the address of the vehicle’s owner,” stated Bianchi. “When we ran a motor vehicle check we learned that the plates had expired in 2004, and the owner’s license had expired in 2005. At this point in time, Henry Lawrence Holcomb, II, 67, of 15 Fairmount Street, Apartment 4, Nashua, New Hampshire became, a person of interest. ”
“We were able to duplicate the picture from the owner’s driver’s license and we then went to the home of the owner of the van, who lived in Nashua, New Hampshire. After speaking with a neighbor and two maintenance workers we learned that that the owner of the apartment building was Central Realty.”
Records from Central Realty reflect that Henry Holcomb, II did reside at this location and was the actual tenant. Further investigations revealed that the rent for 15 Fairmont Street, Apartment 4 had not been paid since June 2003. Subsequently, the owners of the apartment complex had boxed up the contents of the apartment which were being stored, awaiting claim from the owner. One neighbor also confirmed that Holcomb had not been seen at his apartment since July 2003.
As the Hudson Police Department was not investigating a crime, a search warrant was not needed to look though the abandoned belongings of 15 Fairmont Street, Apartment 4, which had been confiscated by Central Realty. As the detectives began the search of the storage boxes from apartment 4, which were located in the basement of the apartment building, they noticed a file cabinet located near the corner of the room. Upon opening the drawer, the detectives located their second break of the investigation, Henry Holcomb’s II personal address books, and papers. Under the letter “D” for dentist, was Henry Holcomb’s personal dentist’s phone number.
With this information, the Hudson detectives then asked the medical examiner to request dental records from Holcomb’s dentist, in hopes that they could now positively identify these remains as Henry Holcomb, II. After several more weeks, the detectives received the call from the medical examiner that “yes,” the remains were positively identified as Henry Holcomb, II of Nashua, New Hampshire.
The closest next of kin was located in Maryland and upon notification of the next of kin; the Hudson Police Department released the name of the person who was found in the woods, that raining foggy day in November 2005. According to Hudson Police, “While we know the identity of this individual, the investigation is still ongoing until we are 100 percent satisfied with the cause of death.”
Hudson Police Issues Warning on Telemarketing Calls
The Hudson Police Department is issuing a warning based on an incident that occurred on December 22.
On December 24, a Hudson citizen reported to police that he/she was contacted by telephone by subjects identifying themselves as employees of the Hudson Police Department. These callers stated they were collecting donations in the form of cash to raise money for Children’s Christmas fund. When the citizen refused due to suspicion, the calls continued. The citizen identified calls from two different males and a female party requesting the same.
Although the Hudson Police Department was active in collecting for Toys for Tots, volunteered their time ringing the bell for the Salvation Army, and collected funds among their employees for the Santa Fund, they did not utilize telemarketing strategies.
The Hudson Police Department wants the public to know that they are not soliciting funds from the public through telemarketing for any event. If you are contacted by subjects that identify themselves as the Hudson Police Department regarding telemarketing fundraisers, contact Lieutenant Bianchi in the Hudson Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division at 886-6011.
For more information on protecting against frauds and scams, visit the Hudson Police Department’s website at www.hudsonpd.com.
Grass Roots Committee Forms Friends of Green Meadow
by R. Rodgers
In true New England style, citizens Bill Cole and Ken Massey have started a grass roots effort to keep the citizens of Hudson informed about all aspects of the Green Meadow Project. The “Friends of Green Meadow” was formed Tuesday night at a full house meeting in the Community Room at the Hudson Police Department.
A developer who wants to build an open lifestyle center is courting the 370+ acres of open space golf courses in the south end of Hudson. Currently no official documents or procedures have been started, no applications have been submitted, and no agreements with the town have been made. This project is the largest development proposal in New England being more that five times larger than the Pheasant Lane Mall and will affect Hudson and the entire region for a long time to come.
“We are looking for information and data to form meaningful knowledge to make the right decisions for the betterment of Hudson,” stated Cole and Massey in their introduction to the assembled group of concerned citizens. “This issue is not can we stop this project, but what can we do to make this work for Hudson,” continued Massey. An open forum of questions and comments continued for over an hour. In the end, communication was the main concern of the south end neighbors. How they will be kept informed; e-mail, websites, bulletin boards were a few of the areas looked at for sharing information.
“It is a right, a duty, a need to be present at the meetings (planning, zoning, conservation, and selectmen),” Massey said. “This is where the information will come from. The only one of these televised is the Board of Selectmen.”
Planning Board member Sue Ellen Quinlin spoke honestly about procedures that take place with this size of project. Hudson has never seen anything this large, and current procedures will be followed to accommodate this. On Wednesday (after press time) the Planning Board met with the developer in a workshop style to get a feel of what they want to do. “The fact is it will be developed and we should put energy toward making it the best it can be for the town,” said Quinlin. It is a natural process of development to try to line things up before coming to the Planning Board. “We just don’t know yet,” what they are proposing. George Hall echoed that fact that nothing has come before the town yet and we will have to wait and see. Procedures for roads, sewer, water and such will be followed.
The Hudson~Litchfield News is in the process of setting up a Green Meadow web page on the Areanewsgroup.com site to bring information to a common place with easy access. All public information that can be obtained will be listed there. The more residents know about this project the better off the community will be in the long run. As one resident said “who is to say that this isn’t the best possible developer that we could get?”
Any thoughts you may have about this project or anything you would like to see on the Web page should be sent in the form of a Letter to the Editor to 43 Lowell Road, Hudson. It is our goal to provide as much information as possible about this very important community development.
Check back often as new content is added and a full design comes to the new page temporarily located at http://areanewsgroup.com/greenmeadow/.