Police, AG’s office continue investigation

Homicide investigators following leads and reviewing evidence

File photo by Jeffrey Hastings Police detectives at left interview a woman the morning of July 8 as they began their investigation into what is now a homicide case at 19 Buck St.

NASHUA – The police vehicles are gone and narrow Buck Street has reopened to traffic, but investigators continue following leads, interviewing people and reviewing evidence in the murder of David Smith.

Senior Assistant Attorney General Benjamin Agati said Monday he has no information he can release regarding the hunt for the suspect or suspects in the homicide, which occurred late in the evening of July 7.

“We’re very much in the investigative stage at this point,” Agati said Monday morning, shortly before he said he was to meet with Nashua police at their headquarters.

“There’s really nothing new to report, other than what’s already been released,” he added.

A person described as a roommate of Smith’s reportedly called 911 late July 7 after arriving home to find Smith unresponsive and “cold to the touch.”

He was pronounced deceased and his body was transported to the state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for an autopsy.

Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Jenny Duval, who conducted the autopsy, ruled Smith’s death a homicide, and determined he was killed by a single gunshot wound.

Few people living in the area knew Smith, but Mark Carter, whose Ash Street apartment is on the corner two doors down from Smith’s building, called Smith “a wonderful man,” and said he hopes the case is solved soon.

Police spent three days working at the scene, including deploying a K-9 unit to search in the heavy brush and trash at the rear of the small, five-room house that dates to 1890.

Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-1256, dshalhoup@nashuatelegraph.com or @Telegraph_DeanS.