Woman who claimed home invasion found dead
Staff photo by Don Himsel
A New Hampshire State Police investigator walks past the shadows of waiting reporters and photographers outside the Bedford home Tuesday, January 8, 2013.
Staff photo by Don Himsel
A New Hampshire State Police investigator takes photographs outside the Bedford home Tuesday, January 8, 2013.
The home where last November Sonia Quesada and her husband Eduardo Quesada said they were attacked by an unknown man during a home invasion is seen Tuesday Jan. 8, 2013 in Bedford, N.H . Police said they found Sonia Quesada dead and Eduardo Quesada unconscious at a relative's home Monday when a family member called police asking them to check in on the couple. They had been staying at a Bedford condominium owned by Eduardo Quesada's mother following the Nov. 24 attack that left him severely beaten. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
State police investigators leave the condominium Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013 in Bedford, N.H. where they say they found Sonia Quesada dead and Eduardo Quesada unconscious Monday when a family member called police asking them to check in on the couple. Last November the couple said they were attacked in their upscale home by an unknown man during a home invasion. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
Though Sonia Quesada was found dead and her husband unconscious only two months after the couple were beaten in their home, the Bedford police were being cautious yesterday not to link the two events.
The police found Quesada dead and Dr. Eduardo Quesada unconscious Monday after a family member called asking the police to check in on the couple. The couple had been staying at a Bedford condominium, owned by Eduardo Quesada’s mother, after the Nov. 24 attack that left him severely beaten.
The family member told the police that several attempts to contact the couple were unsuccessful and that both hadn’t shown up at appointments scheduled Monday morning. After trying unsuccessfully to reach them, the police got permission from family to force their way into the condo.
Eduardo Quesada, 52, an anesthesiologist with Amoskeag Anesthesia in Manchester, was hospitalized. His condition yesterday wasn’t immediately known. Quesada is affiliated with Elliot Hospital.
“There was no visible sign of trauma to either of the individuals,” police Chief John Bryfonski said. “There was a large amount – or what would be considered to be a large amount – of prescription medication that was found nearby.”
Bryfonski said the police found no sign of forced entry at the condo in the upscale 55-plus community known as The Mews. No one else was found inside the home; the couple’s 2-year-old daughter apparently was staying with relatives.
Bryfonski said the police had some limited conversation with Quesada on Monday before he was hospitalized. “We’re not prepared to talk about anything that he may have said,” the chief said.
Investigators remained silent – offering no briefings or new details. The police said they were treating the November attack and Monday’s discovery as “separate investigations.” Senior Assistant Attorney General Jane Young, who heads the criminal division, did not return calls seeking comment.
On Nov. 24, the police responded to the couple’s $1.1 million home after Sonia Quesada reportedly fled to a neighbor’s house and called 911. She said she and her husband had just entered their home when they were assaulted by a man wearing a ski mask and dark clothing. The police said the Quesadas suffered serious injuries. Authorities are still searching for the attacker.
Yesterday, The Mews condominium complex was besieged by media, which gathered near a state police crime van in the Quesada’s driveway, until nearby homeowners asked the police to ask journalists to leave.
Up until then, reporters could see crime scene technicians occasionally carry bagged items to the van. One investigator took a series of outside shots of the stand-alone home and several detectives came and went without comment.
Some residents of the sprawling complex of light pastel-colored homes said the investigation was unsettling but they felt none of the alarm or fear that followed the violent home invasion in their town involving the same couple.
“For an over-55 community that’s usually quiet, this is, like, really bizarre,” said resident Janice Bullock, who lives up the street but doesn’t know the Quesadas. “You see rescue trucks once in a while, but not this. I wish this would go away.”