Three charged following investigation into human remains found at Airport Road home in Concord

Anthony Meunier

Anthony Meunier CONCORD POLICE DEPARTMENT

Todd Spataro

Todd Spataro Courtesy

Jocelyn Cote

Jocelyn Cote Courtesy

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

Monitor staff

Published: 06-18-2024 5:39 PM

Three people are facing charges after police reported the discovery of human remains at 58 Airport Road in Concord earlier this month.

Concord residents Todd Spataro, 57, Jocelyn Cote, 47, and Ryan Holton, 34 were all charged with abuse of a corpse and falsifying physical evidence as part of the investigation into the death of Anthony Meunier, Concord Police announced Tuesday. 

Spataro and Cote were arraigned Tuesday, and Holton is set to be arraigned Wednesday. Spataro faces two counts of falsifying physical evidence, which are felonies, while Holton faces one count. Each faces one count of abuse of a corpse. Cote has been charged as an accomplice.

No murder charges have been brought in the death of Meunier, whose body was discovered buried at a home on Airport Road on June 1, and the circumstances surrounding his death remain under investigation.

Meunier was reported missing on Monday, Feb. 20, 2023 and was last seen by a family member on Friday, Feb. 17, 2023, when he also was photographed making an ATM withdrawal from a bank on Loudon Road. Police have previously said he was known to have connections on Airport Road. 

Each has faced some criminal charges before, including drug-related charges against Spataro in January and an assault charge against Cote in 2007. 

The home on Airport Road, which sits on a third of an acre of land, was under investigation for several days before police announced they had found human remains. Spataro owned the home until it was taken over by a mortgage company in late 2023, according to city property records.

Concord police were assisted in identifying Meunier, who was 49 at the time of his death, by the UNH Forensic Anthropology Identification and Recovery Lab.

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Sofie Buckminster contributed reporting for this story. Catherine McLaughlin can be reached at cmclaughlin@cmonitor.com.