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Survey on the Identity of 'Bob Evans' 

Finding Lisa: a story of murders, mysteries, loss, and, incredibly, new life (May 13, 2017) 

Allenstown property searched April 26, 2017 (video)

We began this blog to tell the story of a baffling New Hampshire mystery in the hopes of identifying four homicide victims. Although recent months have revealed some astonishing layers to this story, its final chapters have yet to be written.



Who is this predator/killer?



Media on Bob Evans and Denise Beaudin

Musings on Evans

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For most people in New Hampshire, the story began in the fall of 1985 in the little town of Allenstown, population 4000ish and best known for being home to Bear Brook State Park.

  
It was there, on the outskirts of the park, that brothers out hunting discovered the remains of a woman and a girl wrapped in plastic near a 55 gallon barrel.



The bodies were found on private property where a small camp store with an apartment above it had once operated. Bear Brook Store had burned in July of 1983 but the shell of the building remained, along with a mobile home, a camper, and various vehicles, barrels, and appliances scattered across the property.

(Foundation of Bear Brook Store in 2000.) The 1985 barrel was found down the logging path pictured, around the bend, and off to the left.


Allenstown Police Chief Norm Connor and his small department were assisted by the state police in investigating the homicides. As NH did not have its own Medical Examiner's office, the bodies were flown to Maine to be examined.



These sketches were released in the media and authorities covered a lot of ground hoping to identify what was assumed to be a mother and daughter.


However, investigative efforts did not lead to answers and eventually, the two bodies were released for burial. Chief Connor organized a graveside service in the parish cemetery that was presided over by the town's Catholic priest and a Methodist minister.


They were buried together in a steel casket so that they could be exhumed easily if someone came forward to claim their bodies. The owner of Epsom Memorials donated a granite stone for their grave and carved a rose and figures of the woman and child holding hands


Over the years, while investigators followed the leads that came in, Allenstown residents experienced a deep unease around the questions that lingered. Who were those girls? Who could have bludgeoned and dismembered and discarded them like trash

The hunter who spotted a foot sticking out of the plastic was so traumatized by his discovery that he said it took him ten years to go back into the woods.

 1974 photo shows the clearcutting that had been done on the property. Even by 1985, the forest was NOT heavily wooded around that well-traveled path.



Town officials wanted the Bear Brook Store property cleaned up and there was a Danger Notice attached to the 1997 tax record for map 407, Lot 023 that stated "Posted Unfit." The following year, an assessment card states "mobile home uninhabitable" and "vacant vandalized." It is chilling in hindsight to read the accompanying dump site report which lists: abandoned vehicle Chrysler 4 door sedan (rust), HTG appliance (illegible), enclosure falling down,  with wires and pipes, several  55 gallon drums some with trash in them, construction debris, old machines (axles, lawnmowers) strewn about, approx. 30 feet in from the road.




Fast forward fifteen years and 
State Police Sgt John Cody was assigned to the case. New Hampshire did not yet have a cold case unit and troopers were assigned old cases to work.

2015 Boston Globe photo of Cody

On May 9th of 2000 while examining the area, Cody located another barrel about 100 yards from where the first one was found, and discovered that it, too, contained human remains.


They were found to be the remains of two little girls. This led to the exhumation of the 1985 victims in order to have DNA comparisons done.



The testing found that the woman was related biologically to the oldest child (who was found in the barrel with her) and to the 2-3 yr old girl found in 2000. Authorities came to believe that the four victims were killed at or near the same time in the late 1970s to early 1980s.




The realization that one child was not related to the other three victims was puzzling and led to speculation about the whereabouts and well-being of her mother. Later, isotope testing done on the victims showed that the woman and the two girls related to her may have lived in the areas highlighted in green on the map below


The third girl may have lived in the red rectangles in the yellow areas

TONIA COWAN/GLOBE STAFF 


Over the years, it has been interesting to note the evolution of the facial reconstructions for the oldest victim.


 The latest composite (2015) was done by Joe Mullins, a forensic imaging specialist with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.


The information was released for the first time that the two little girls had also been killed by blunt force trauma to their heads. The jolting images shown in May of 2016 of the caved-in skull of a little girl generated renewed speculation about what kind of individual was capable of this kind of violence against little children.

Media 1985-2016 (articles/videos) 

Little did we realize then that we were less than a year from getting our first glimpses into a back story that would bring together investigators on both coasts and yield a whole slew of new questions.





Depiction by artist Carl Koppelman of what the victims may have looked like ('Evans' daughter on the right)


2017 UPDATE:
In January of 2017, New Hampshire authorities held a press conference in Concord to release new information connecting the Allenstown cold case to several other cases in the country. WMUR broadcast the conference live and people tuned in across the country, tweeting highlights as they were released. Speaking at the press conference were Michael Kokoski (Supervisor in the NH Cold Case Unit), Jeffery Strelzin (Senior Assistant Attorney General Chief, Homicide Unit), and Ryan Grant (Detective Captain in the Manchester Police Department).


To assist in relating the story, the presenters  distributed an informative summary of events that recounts how these cases on the east and west coasts were finally connected through the story of the man once known in NH as Bob Evans. The trio also offered a succinct timeline to help the public navigate what is known about Evans as well as a handout that lists aliases/characteristics/unconfirmed travels etc that may help determine his true identity. Authorities released these pictures at the press conference as well as these maps of Evans' travels. They also made the Power Point of the presentation available.

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 Oakhill Researchers attended the press conference along with former Bear Brook Gardens residents Paul Chevrette and Ron Sayles. It wasn't long before the anticipation of answers gave way to the grim realization that we wouldn't be writing the girls' names on any stones today, that the ending of this story is still some distance in the future. 



So... the man who killed the Allenstown victims is the man who was known in Manchester NH in the late 1970s, early 1980s as Robert Evans. It turns out that he is the father of the little girl in the barrel who is unrelated to the others. Her actual identity is still unknown and there is concern that her mother may be another victim of Evans.

Evans' daughter

 The identities of the woman and the other two children in the barrels are still unknown but DNA testing shows that Evans is not related to those children. Authorities now believe that it is likely they were killed prior to December of 1981 when Evans disappeared from Manchester. One possible clue to the identity of the woman in the barrel might lie in the information shared on the slide below during the press conference.



 The whereabouts of Denise Beaudin, the Manchester girlfriend of Evans who vanished in 1981 along with her baby daughter, is also unknown and authorities believe she was killed by Evans as well. And although he killed his own daughter, he spared the life of Denise's daughter Dawn, changing her name to Lisa and later giving her away to strangers. 

The Lisa Project 

More on how Lisa was identified 
(starting at the line "Max introduced Barbara Rae-Venter, J.D., Ph.D...."


Lisa has recently been reunited with her relatives in Manchester NH. Her survival is a bright spot to the families in Allenstown who have lived with the sorrow of this case for decades and they pray she finds answers about her mother.

Denise Beaudin in 1976 Goffstown High School graduation photo

Evans was arrested in California in 2002 for the murder of his partner, Eunsoon Jun. He was living under one of the many aliases that he used throughout his life. Jun's bludgeoned and partially dismembered body was found under a pile of cat litter in the home he continued living in after he killed her. 

Eunsoon Jun
 
Bob Evans died of natural causes in High Desert Prison in California in 2010. He left many mysteries in his wake, perhaps none more puzzling than that of his own identity. Who is this man who behaved so savagely to the women and children in his life? Where did he come from?  How many other victims did he leave scattered across the continent?


After the press conference, Scott and Ronda headed to the Manchester Library. More questions, more research.