Today is August 22nd, a day I have come to know as a day of great pain and sadness. It was this day 4 years ago that my sister Wendy Towle was murdered in her own home, and our lives were changed forever. We still have no answers. It used to be that I said we didn’t know what happened, and that is still true, However now there are things that we do know. We know that there is someone out there who knows what happened. They know every sorted detail of the plan, the cover up , and the witnesses they would have. They knew early on in the investigation that by removing things and placing things at the scene they could make this look like an accident, an overdose. They also knew how the media and the overworked justice system could be quickly redirected to take the easy way out and say this was “Just another overdose” How this person can go on with their life as if nothing ever happened amazes me. Imagine waking up every morning and thinking I killed someone and I got away with it!. Does this person think they will never be caught and it is okay. During the day do they ever catch glimpses of someone who looks, laughs, or says something like Wendy did. Do they ever wake up from a dream in a panic, I know I do and when this happens it causes my chest to squeeze tight as if someone were taking my last breath. People like this may think no one will ever find out, and that may be true, but someday they will have to explain their actions to a much higher power than our judicial system here on earth.
Until my dying day I will never stop believing in my sister or her integrity. I will always be there to back up her up. She was not a drug user, she worked hard for an education and was truly compassionate not only for her patients but for every living being. I will never stop looking for that clue, for that slight miscalculation you might have made. This has become my life’s journey!!!
Wendy’s sisters were interviwed during the last 15 minutes of the show. Please feel free to comment and send any input you might have
On August 23, 2009, Wendy Towle was found dead in her apartment in Stratham NH. She was only 38 years old. She was a nurse, daughter, sister, aunt, athlete, outdoor enthusiast, and friend to many. Wendy was a person who loved life and those around her.
Today on the anniversary of her death, we the family and friends still don’t know what happened to our Wendy. There are leads, there are assumptions, but we don’t know for sure how she met her fate that day.
If any one has any information no matter how small or was in the area of 66 Glengary on the evening of August 22, 2009, we beg you to contact the family or the NH Stratham Police Department.
If you go to wendytowle.wordpress.com there is an address to contact the family confidentially.
Please help us put to rest our fears and if there is someone responsible for Wendy’s death give her justice.
John Scippa,Chief of Police
Stratham Police Department
76 Portsmouth Ave
Stratham, NH 03885
Non-emergency: 603 778 9691 8:00am-$pm.
please call dispatch at 603-679-2225 after Hours
Non-emergency: 603 778 9691
please call dispatch at 603-679-2225
THE VALUE OF THE NEW HAMPSHIRE COLD CASE UNIT May 21, 2012
What is the value of the Cold Case Unit in NH? For the families still waiting for an arrest of the person who murdered their loved one the value is pretty high. I’m not sure if we can put a monetary value on an agency that distributes hope to each of us, some waiting more than forty years.
What is hope? The dictionary defines the phrase hope against hope. “To continue to hope, although the outlook does not warrant it.” This is the kind of hope we’ve endured for years before the Cold Case Unit was established. The kind that lingers in the back of your mind that one day someone will be arrested for the murder he or she committing against the one you love.
Another definition for hope, “A feeling of desire for something and confidence in the possibility of its fulfillment.” This is the hope the New Hampshire Cold Case Unit gives us now. Every time we hear an arrest has been made in a cold case our hope is strengthened.
In the short time since the Unit has been established, three cold cases have been solved.
1. 1989 quadruple homicide: http://doj.nh.gov/media-center/press-releases/2010/20100630-david-mcleod.htm
2. 1988 double homicide: http://doj.nh.gov/media-center/press-releases/2011/20110412-nashua.htm
Some may question the value of the Cold Case Unit. The value has already been proven. Some think the 350,00 dollars a year to operate the agency could be better used elsewhere. What is the price you would pay for life, your life? If a murderer walks, he walks amongst us all. Some may say, “Why doesn’t the Homicide Unit work on these cases?” When would they have time? How many homicides do you think are committed each year in the United States? Never mind the United States, what about in New Hampshire? In 2011, 23 murders were committed in New Hampshire. One young soul was Celina Cass, it’s been almost a year and an arrest has not been made. I pray she does not join the ranks of unsolved murders in New Hampshire.
When a murderer is not arrested he is free to murder again in any state. Could one of them be your next-door neighbor? How valuable is the Cold Case Unit now?
Call your Senators today and let them know you support the New Hampshire Cold Case Unit becoming a permanent agency. Below is the link to contact them.
DISCUSSING THE DEATH OF WENDY TOWLE ON CRIME WIRE August 16, 2011
Last summer I met Beth Clark and her sister Dawn Nelson at the Cider House Café in North Haverhill New Hampshire. They were having a yard sale in front of the Café and I thought it was a strange place to be selling items.
Twice a year when I’m in New Hampshire I like to eat at this particular café, they have the best homemade donuts. I could smell them as my daughter and I entered the door. Nicole and I ordered our food and sat down at a table. Sheila, the owner approached us. “Can I speak with you for a moment?” “Of course” I said. “I saw your license plate outside and knew who you were because of the media attention your family has received.” My Ohio license plate draws attention. It says “CHLD MSN” and refers to my book A Child Is Missing. It’s the story of my sister Kathy who was murdered in New Hampshire in 1971; the case is still unsolved.
Sheila leaned forward and spoke softly, “Could you speak to my friends outside? Their names are Dawn and Beth. Their sister died a little over a year ago and the death is considered suspicious, it’s still under investigation. Their sister’s name was Wendy and they are selling all of her things today. Maybe you could help them somehow.” I was touched by her concern for her friends. “Of course, I would be glad to do that” I told her. I wasn’t sure I could do anything, but I was willing to try.
I approached Beth and introduced myself. Sadness seeped in as she told me how her had sister died. “We are selling her things today” she told me. The yard sale they were having took on a whole new meaning. Sprawled out in front of me were the remains of a person’s life, a sister’s life. This wasn’t an ordinary yard sale.
From the beginning I was convinced that Wendy’s death was definitely suspicious and possibly murder. We exchanged contact information and I told her I would be in touch. In the next few months we talked extensively. I did some of my own research and became more convinced that Wendy’s death was a homicide.
I’ve had experience with law enforcement and the media since I was fifteen years old. Kathy’s case was activated in 1983 and again in 2004. Her remains were exhumed in 2008; they were hoping to get DNA. I used this experience to help Dawn and Beth. I instructed them on things they could do when dealing with law enforcement and how to use the media to get their story out. I warned them it would be hard work but definitely worth it. Seeking justice is not for the faint at heart. This I understand. My family has been fighting for Kathy and her justice for almost forty years.
Dawn and Beth spent many hours gathering information and materials to present to law enforcement. They have bravely sought out the media to get Wendy’s story out to the public. I am proud of all they’ve done and honored to call them friends.
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