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N.H. State Police investigating Canterbury death

The state police have been investigating the death of a Danbury man who was found severely injured Sunday at a property on Borough Road in Canterbury.

State Police Lt. Greg Ferry of Troop D in Concord said yesterday that Sgt. Joseph Dirusso of the state’s Major Crime Unit was handling the case. Dirusso did not immediately return a phone message. The Canterbury police referred all questions to the attorney general’s office. Jeff Strelzin, who heads the attorney general’s homicide division, declined to comment.

The property owner, Pete Fife, said an incident involving the victim occurred there about 11 a.m. Sunday. Fife said the victim, Mark Kelso, was doing logging work for him. Fife said he found Kelso lying next to a skidder with “injuries all over.” He would not elaborate, but said he called 911 and that Kelso was taken to a hospital.

The director of a funeral home in Boscawen confirmed that Kelso died Sunday and said the business was handling his remains. A death notification showed Kelso was 53.

Fife said Kelso had been working for him for the past two or three years. He declined to say why the police were investigating the incident. A neighbor on Borough Road who declined to give his name said Kelso previously lived in Canterbury. “He was a good guy,” he said.

Borough Road turns into a narrow dirt path before dead-ending at Fife’s hilltop estate, which includes a white two-story house and a large wooden barn. The neighbor said he tried to drive up to the house Tuesday, but was turned back by the police. No cruisers were seen on the road yesterday.

(Jeremy Blackman can be reached at 369-3319, or on Twitter @JBlackmanCM.)

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