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Police, family continue to search for clues in homicide

John Labbe

John Labbe

Two years after his murder, law enforcement officials and family members are continuing to search for answers in the unsolved homicide of Plymouth resident John Labbe.

Yesterday, the state attorney general’s office issued a press release seeking public assistance in the investigation, and Labbe’s family announced they are offering a $10,000 reward for information related to his murder.

Labbe was found shot to death inside a shed on his property at 761 Texas Hill Road in Plymouth in September 2011.

The death was ruled a homicide, and the state police and Plymouth Police Department have been actively investigating it since.

Labbe’s family announced the reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the individual or individuals responsible for Labbe’s death in Plymouth yesterday.

They could not be reached for comment afterward.

Assistant Attorney General James Vara said his office issued its request for information about the homicide to coincide with the family’s decision to offer a reward. “We have had constant communication with the family, and we’re doing this in
conjunction with them,” he said.

Although it is not common for the attorney general’s office to request public assistance in a case years after the start of an investigation, Vara said it is not unprecedented. The case has continued to be actively investigated over the past two years, and the police are still following up on leads, he said.

Anyone with information about the circumstances of Labbe’s death is asked to call the state police’s Major Crime Unit at 223-8826 or 223-3856.

About a year before his death, Labbe filed a lawsuit alleging sexual abuse against the Diocese of Manchester and the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, Province of the United States. Labbe accused the Rev. George St. Jean, now deceased, of sexually assaulting him about 100 times while Labbe was a boy growing up in Colebrook in the 1960s.

According to the website for the Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests, the suit was settled in 2012.

(Mel Flanagan can be reached at 369-3321 or
mflanagan@cmonitor.com.)

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