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News Release

For Immediate Release
June 14, 2011

Jeffery A. Strelzin, Senior Assistant Attorney General
Chief, Homicide Unit
Michael S. Lewis, Assistant Attorney General
(603) 271-3671

Apparent Murder-Suicide in Concord, New Hampshire

New Hampshire Attorney General Michael A. Delaney and Concord Police Chief Robert Barry, announce that an investigation is ongoing into an apparent murder-suicide that took place this morning.

At approximately 7:54 a.m. today, Concord police officers responded to a single family residence located at 230 Elm Street in Concord, New Hampshire for a 9-1-1 call. The caller reported that her son, Matthew Balch (age 22) was in his driveway with a gun to his head and that Matthew had shot his wife.

When the officers arrived, they discovered Sarah Balch (age 25) partway up the driveway lying dead on the ground. The officers confirmed that Sarah was dead and started walking up the driveway. As they did that, they heard a gunshot. The officers continued up the driveway and discovered Matthew Balch dead, outside near his home. The officers also found a rifle next to Matthew Balch which appears to be the weapon he used to kill his wife Sarah and then himself.

Matthew's mother was at the residence as the situation unfolded and he shot Sarah and then himself. Neither she nor the three young children who were present during the incident were physically injured.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is expected to complete autopsies tomorrow on Matthew and Sarah to determine the exact cause of their deaths.

The investigation is still ongoing.

New Hampshire Department of Justice | 33 Capitol Street | Concord, NH | 03301
Telephone: 603-271-3658