Body found in Bedford, New Hampshire identified

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BEDFORD — Investigators have identified a previously unidentified female body found in Bedford, New Hampshire in 1971 as Katherine Ann Alston of Boston, Massachusetts.

Katherine’s family and friends have been notified and investigators are now asking for the public’s help in identifying her killer.

On October 6, 1971, the body of Alston was found in a then-wooded area at the end of Kilton Road in Bedford, near the Route 101 by-pass.

Forensic analysis at the time revealed that she had been deceased for approximately one to three months before she was discovered.

She was found wearing a maroon, pullover blouse with lace at the neck, short hip-hugger dungaree-type shorts, size 7 sandals, and no identification.

The cause of death has not been determined but the manner of her death was homicide.

For approximately 50 years, her identity remained unknown.

Investigators are seeking information from anyone who knew Alston or persons associated with her, including her former roommate, David Cormier.

People most likely to have known either Alston or Cormier include Boston, Dorchester, and Sommerville, Massachusetts residents who were present in those areas between 1963 and the fall of 1971.

Students at Boston University between 1963 and 1967 may also remember Alston from their time on campus.

Anyone with this information, or any other information on Alston’s murder, is requested to contact investigators at the New Hampshire Cold Case Unit by phone 603-271-2663.

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