NEW HAMPSHIRE – A drifter has been identified as a serial killer. State police in New Hampshire and the assistant state attorney general announced that five cold-case murders have been solved.
A man who died in a California prison in 2010 while serving a sentence for murdering and dismembering his wife is responsible for killing five people in New Hampshire in the 1980s—including three children—authorities said Thursday.
“We believe we have our killer,” New Hampshire Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Strelzin announced at a press conference. “Now we need to identify and try to find all of his victims.”
New Hampshire State Police and the attorney general’s office said they believe the killer was a man known as Bob Evans, among other names. He is the one-time boyfriend of a New Hampshire woman, Denise Beaudin, who disappeared in 1981.
Investigators believe Evans killed Beaudin, and, separately, a mother and three girls who were found in steel drums in a park. They said he was the father of one of those girls, according to Fox News.
Authorities followed a complicated DNA trail to link three victims to Evans, an electrician. They said he not only beat his victims, but dismembered some of them as well.
They said Evans used a number of aliases. Under one of those names, he was convicted in California of the 2002 killing of his wife, Eunsoon Jun. She was found dead in their basement.
“This was a guy who was a chameleon,” Strelzin said.
Drifter was a killer with many names
The assistant attorney general said Evans—not believed to be his real name—fits the criteria for a serial killer. Law enforcement authorities want to know more about him, because they fear there are other victims.
Police recently searched a Manchester home where Beaudin lived with Evans and her infant daughter. Beaudin’s family last saw her in 1981, when she was 23-years-old. Her family assumed they left town to avoid financial trouble, and they never called police.
The attorney general’s office said it has been in touch with Beaudin’s daughter.
The case of the four bodies found in drums in a state park in Allenstown has long stumped investigators.
A hunter discovered the first two bodies in 1985. They were a woman and a girl believed to be 9 or 10. An investigator found the other two girls in 2000. One believed to be 2 or 3 and the other 3 or 4. They believe the woman is likely the mother of the eldest and youngest girls, according to Fox. The time of their murders was narrowed to between 1980 and 1984.
Investigators said they wish they could have learned the elusive killer’s name before he died in a California prison. While DNA threads have been connected, there is more work to do, as they are searching for additional victims. In all likelihood, his life as a drifter brought more opportunities to kill.
“He will never face true justice for what he did,” Sterling said.