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News Release

For Immediate Release
June 16, 2011

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

Autopsies Completed in Murder-Suicide Case in Concord, New Hampshire

New Hampshire Attorney General Michael A. Delaney announces that the autopsies have been completed on the two people involved in the murder-suicide which took place in Concord on Tuesday, June 14, 2011.

The State's Chief Medical Examiner, Dr. Thomas A. Andrew, has determined that Sarah Balch's cause of death was a single gunshot wound to the head. Her manner of death is homicide. Matthew Balch died as a result of a single gunshot wound to the neck. His manner of death is suicide.

The investigation reveals that during a domestic dispute, Matthew Balch shot and killed his wife Sarah Balch with a rifle and then turned the gun on himself. The investigation is still ongoing.

New Hampshire Department of Justice | 33 Capitol Street | Concord, NH | 03301
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