Update: Deaths of Concord couple ruled homicides

  • Stephen Reid —Courtesy

  • Djeswende “Wende” Reid —Courtesy

  • GEOFF FORESTER

  • Police vehicles near the Marsh Loop Trail off of Portsmouth Street and I-393 on April 22. The bodies of a missing Concord couple were discovered on April 21. Cassidy Jensen—Monitor staff

  • Police vehicles near the Marsh Loop Trail off of Portsmouth Street and I-393 on April 22. The bodies of a missing Concord couple were discovered on April 21. Cassidy Jensen—Monitor staff

  • Police vehicles near the Marsh Loop Trail off of Portsmouth Street and I-393 on April 22. The bodies of a missing Concord couple were discovered on April 21. Cassidy Jensen—Monitor staff

  • Police vehicles near the Marsh Loop Trail off of Portsmouth Street and I-393 on April 22. The bodies of a missing Concord couple were discovered on April 21. Cassidy Jensen—Monitor staff

  • Stephen Reid and Djeswende Reid, who were found dead from multiple gunshot wounds near Marsh Loop Trail in Concord on April 22, 2022. The New Hampshire Attorney General's Office—Courtesy

Monitor staff
Published: 4/22/2022 12:22:57 AM

Concord couple Stephen and Djeswende “Wende” Reid were found off the Marsh Loop Trail on Thursday, dead from multiple gunshot wounds in what the state medical examiner has ruled to be homicides.

The bodies of the missing couple were discovered early Thursday evening in a wooded area near the Broken Ground Trail complex, Senior Assistant Attorney General Geoffrey Ward announced on Friday at a press conference at Concord City Council Chambers. 

An autopsy by Deputy Chief Medical Examiner Mitchell Weinberg found that both the Reids died from multiple gunshot wounds.

Stephen, 67, and Djeswende, 66, left their home in the Alton Woods apartment complex for a walk at about 2:22 p.m. on April 18, investigators said. Monday was the last time that family and friends saw the couple, police said.

Alton Woods, located off of Loudon Road, is less than a mile and a half walking distance from the trailhead at Portsmouth Street and Interstate-393.

Concord Police, along with State Police, began a missing persons investigation after the Reids were reported missing by a family member on Wednesday, April 20 when Stephen did not arrive for a planned event.

The Reids were outdoors enthusiasts known to take frequent walks along the trails near their Concord residence, police said.

“Anyone who saw the Reids that Monday afternoon, anyone walking on those trails, anyone who has any information related to their disappearance or deaths are asked to contact the Concord Police,” Ward said.

Concord Police can be reached at 603-335-8600. Tipsters can also contact the Concord Regional Crimeline by phone at 603-226-3100, online at www.concordregionalcrimeline.com, or by texting TIP234 and your message to CRIMES (274637). All tips are anonymous, and Crimeline will give cash rewards to anyone with information about the murders.

The Concord Police Department is also asking anyone with homes or businesses in the area with a camera or video surveillance system to check footage for images of the Reids. That includes people along the roads between Alton Woods and Broken Ground Trails with game cameras, Ward said.

“I’ve always said that Concord is one of the safest cities in one of the safest states in the United States,” Chief Brad Osgood said at the press conference Friday. “This is a tragedy, it came out of nowhere, and we’re going to be doing our due diligence and investing all of our resources and working with the state.”

The Attorney General’s Office is advising residents of the area to be vigilant in their daily lives and to report any suspicious activity or behavior to the Concord Police Department.

“We have no specific information that would lead us to believe the public in general is at any risk, but with that being said, be vigilant, take your normal daily precautions,” Ward said. “Concord Police will continue to be vigilant with patrols in those areas and in areas where there are public outdoor recreational spaces.”


Cassidy Jensen bio photo

Cassidy Jensen has been a reporter at the Monitor, covering the city of Concord and criminal justice, since July 2021. Previously, she was a fellow at the Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism at Columbia University, where she earned a master's degree. Her work has been published in Documented, THE CITY, Washington City Paper and Street Sense Media. When she's not at City Council meetings, you can find her hiking in the White Mountains.



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