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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Family ups reward in open murder case

The family of a man who was strangled to death in Nashua last spring has upped the reward for leads to his killer.

John Wiegmann was found dead in his room at Motel 6 on May 3, and although police have continued investigating, they have no suspects.

The time gone by has led Wiegmann’s loved ones to collect $2,000, bumping the reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction to $2,500.

“Now it’s time to appeal to people’s heartstrings,” said Janis Quinn, Wiegmann’s sister-in-law, who lives in Pelham. “Maybe this will make people think twice, or ask their next-door neighbor, ‘Did you see anything that happened?’ It’s all a matter of getting someone to look and think. …I’m hoping this will help someone do the right thing.”

Nashua police have kept active in the investigation, sending detectives out west to visit Wiegmann’s former friends and acquaintances. Wiegmann lived in Utah, Las Vegas, California and Arizona, but moved back to Nashua in April because his family was here, according to officials.

Wiegmann had been staying at the Motel 6 on Progress Avenue for several days in early May, officials said. They received information that on May 2, Wiegmann was seen in the motel lot getting into a green minivan, distinguished by a sunspot on the front fender on the passenger side. He walked with a cane and was wearing a green T-shirt, jeans and brown windbreaker.

Wiegmann may have visited Boston Billiards on Northeastern Boulevard and other local establishments late at night on May 2, officials said. They determined he died by strangulation sometime in the late evening hours of May 2 or early on May 3.

Nashua police Capt. Scott Howe has said the case has been difficult because there is still no apparent motive for the killing.

Quinn applauded the efforts of police and the attorney general’s office, saying they are doing “a very good job.”

“Information is wonderful, but it all needs to lead somewhere,” Quinn said. “There has to be proof, and proof hasn’t come up yet. Somebody does know something, somewhere.”

Anyone with information about Wiegmann’s activities after his return to New Hampshire in April 2009, or information related to his death, are encouraged to contact Nashua police at 594-3500.

Calls can be made anonymously to the Nashua Crime Line at 589-1665.

Karen Lovett can be reached at 594-6402 or klovett@nashuatelegraph.com.