Police say apparent suicide likely followed Hooksett couple’s murder

  • The longtime home of elderly couple Thomas and June Cosma, who were found dead on Sunday at 47 Kimball Drive. Police believe they were both murdered and the suspect later killed himself in Massachusetts. Nick Stoico / Monitor staff

  • The longtime home of elderly couple Thomas and June Cosma, who were found dead on Sunday at 47 Kimball Drive. Police believe they were both murdered and the suspect later killed himself in Massachusetts.

Monitor staff
Published: 2/7/2019 6:59:03 PM

The deaths of an elderly Hooksett couple earlier this week are now being investigated as a double-homicide and the lead suspect is believed to have killed himself after their murders, according to authorities.

Police discovered the bodies of June Cosma, 79, and Thomas Cosma, 80, on Sunday at their home on Kimball Street after their car was involved in a high-speed chase in Massachusetts and later found abandoned near the Andover/Lawrence town line.

The victims’ family remembered them as hardworking, caring and mindful people who were genuine and kind.

“They embraced love and caring in the purest ways, sharing those with each other during more than 50 years of marriage,” the family wrote in a statement shared with the Monitor on Thursday. “They were truly the nicest people one could meet, and they never had a bad thing to say about anybody or anything.”

A man named Zachary Gloudemans, 34, who matched the description of the driver that evaded police, was later found dead of an apparent suicide in the area where the Cosma’s car was found.

After the chase, Hooksett police were asked to conduct a welfare check at the Cosma house, where they found the bodies of the elderly married couple. Autopsies performed by the state medical examiner determined that June and Thomas Cosma both died from blunt force trauma to their heads.

Police said Gloudemans had been living near the Cosma’s Hooksett home and “those who had interacted with him noticed recent signs of drug abuse,” according to the attorney general’s office.

“The investigation so far points to Mr. Gloudemans as the one who committed the murders,” Assistant Attorney General John Kennedy said.

Kennedy said he expected to complete investigation in the next couple of weeks and release more information.

“We are still doing interviews and there are still people we want to talk to,” he said.

The victims’ family thanked local and state law enforcement, as well as the Attorney General’s office, for their work investigating the circumstances of June and Thomas’s deaths, though they recognize that justice may never be served.

“We face the grim reckoning there is now way justice will be meted out for the reprehensible manner in which the Cosmas’ loving presence was stolen from us,” their statement read.

Kimball Street is a narrow dead-end road along the Merrimack River with just a few houses. The Cosmas owned and lived in their modest 1,000-square-foot home along  the river for 41 years, according to town records.

Authorities said they will share more information with the public once the investigation is complete.

(Nick Stoico can be reached at 369-3321, nstoico@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @NickStoico.)



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