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Man found dead next door to Nashua homicide scene

NASHUA – The body of a man who lived next door to Newbury Street homicide victims William and Eleanor Grant was carried out of his apartment by authorities Wednesday, deepening the mystery surrounding the investigation into the Grants’ deaths.

Neighbors said the body of the man, whom several identified as Shawn Burne, was removed from the third-floor apartment at 41 Newbury St., a large, six-unit house next door to the Grants’ 37 Newbury St. home. ...

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NASHUA – The body of a man who lived next door to Newbury Street homicide victims William and Eleanor Grant was carried out of his apartment by authorities Wednesday, deepening the mystery surrounding the investigation into the Grants’ deaths.

Neighbors said the body of the man, whom several identified as Shawn Burne, was removed from the third-floor apartment at 41 Newbury St., a large, six-unit house next door to the Grants’ 37 Newbury St. home.

While police and Assistant Attorney General Peter Hinckley, who is leading the investigation, haven’t identified any potential suspects in the Grants’ stabbing deaths, several neighbors said the apartment building, which is on the corner of Newbury and Haines streets and also includes the addresses 39 and 43 Newbury St., has been drawing intense police attention since the Grant murders.

“They’ve had two cars parked outside 24/7,” said a neighbor who lives several doors north of the building and who asked her name not be used. She said one police car was usually positioned across Newbury Street facing the building, while the other took up a position on the Haines Street side.

Neighbors on the other side of Haines Street said police arrived at 41 Newbury St. around 5 p.m. Wednesday and stayed for “a couple of hours or so.” At one point, they said, it appeared a body was being taken from the home.

While they aren’t sure how the person died, one woman said she was told it was a suicide.

Hinckley, when reached Thursday, declined to confirm if the body was that of Shawn Burne, and whether the apparent death is somehow connected to the Grant homicides.

He did say that police are “not investigating any other homicides in that area.”

Nashua police Capt. George McCarthy also declined comment when contacted Thursday.

The discovery of the Grants’ bodies on June 17, inside the home they occupied for 40 years, shocked a neighborhood where many said “everyone knows everyone” and watches out for one another.

Hinckley has released little new information since confirming that William, 83, and Eleanor, 78, died of multiple stab wounds and were victims of homicide. On Monday, he acknowledged that a day-long police presence Sunday on Ingalls Street was related to the homicides, saying in a statement that crime scene detectives and a police dive team were “conducting exercises … in the furtherance of the homicide investigation involving” the Grants.

Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-6443 or dshalhoup@nashuatelegraph.com. Also follow Shalhoup on Twitter (@Telegraph_DeanS).