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Wendy E. Towle
Summa Sum
March 25, 1971 to August 22, 2009
Five years ago you were taken from us.
Our daughter, sister, aunt, friend. 
They say one thing
but we know different,
And someone knows more,
They know the TRUTH!
Maybe someday the guilt will get
the better of them
And the truth will be revealed.
Until then, we pray, hope, and remember.
Forever in our hearts.
Beth, Billy, Dawn, Emily, and Lilly

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!!!

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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

Sargent Pierce

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



8:30 am – 4:00 pm







After Hours:


 please call dispatch at 603-679-2225











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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

3. 2001 homicide: http://doj.nh.gov/media-center/press-releases/2012/20120516-jodoin-murder-collins-arrest.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.


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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.  

Press on!


Beth and I will be on Crime Wire, Blog Talk Radio discussing Wendy’s death.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 9:00 pm 
 TO LISTEN LIVE GO TO     http://www.crimewiresite.com/   

Doctor won’t be charged in death

 County attorney releases report
May 20, 2011 2:00 AM

STRATHAM — Authorities have decided not to press charges against an acquaintance of 38-year-old Wendy Towle, who was found dead in her Stratham residence on Aug. 23, 2009.

Officials at the New Hampshire attorney general’s office previously ruled Towle died as a result of an accidental drug overdose. An investigative report released by Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams on Thursday said authorities had investigated an individual by the name of Dr. Cornelius Sullivan.

Towle and Sullivan had known each other for several years, Reams said on Thursday.

According to the report, which was written to Stratham Police Chief John Scippa and copied to the Exeter News-Letter, Sullivan’s actions around the time of Towle’s death aroused suspicion that he had some involvement in it.

Sullivan discovered Towle’s body at her 66 Glengarry Road residence but wasn’t entirely honest about it when he was first questioned by police, according to Reams.

“He told (police) he didn’t know anything about the death,” Reams said in an interview on Thursday. “He then told them fairly quickly that he discovered her body and removed some of his personal items from the residence.”

In addition, police found that Sullivan was in possession a syringe and a vial of succinylcholine in the trunk of his motor vehicle, the report states.

Reams said authorities aren’t sure why Sullivan was in possession of that drug, but did note that Sullivan is a surgeon in Massachusetts and succinylcholine isn’t a controlled drug.

The State Police Forensic Laboratory ruled succinylcholine did not cause Towle’s death, according to the report.

The drugs that were involved in Towle’s death sevoflurane and nalbuphine, both anesthetics, also couldn’t be traced to Sullivan, the report said.

The nalbuphine and syringes found at Towle’s residence were traced to Elliot Hospital in Manchester, where Towle worked as a certified nurse anesthetist.

“There is no evidence that Dr. Sullivan has ever worked at Elliot Hospital. Therefore, the conclusion must be that Ms. Towle herself removed the nalbuphine from Elliot Hospital,” the report states.

Authorities were not able to identify the source of the sevoflurane.

The report goes on to say that there is no concrete evidence placing Sullivan at Towle’s residence during the night of her death on Aug. 22.

According to the report, Sullivan told authorities he had dinner with his daughter in Newburyport, Mass., until 8:30 p.m. and his cell phone records corroborate that.

Following that time period, cell phone records indicate that Sullivan was in the Exeter/Stratham area and placed a call to Towle’s residence around 10:34 p.m., a call that went unanswered, according to the report. However, there is no way of knowing whether he stopped at Towle’s residence, the report concludes.

The report goes on to say Sullivan’s daughter spotted his vehicle back at his Kensington home at 11:45 p.m.

“Based on the exhaustive investigation of Dr. Sullivan conducted by this office, there are no criminal charges that can be brought against Dr. Sullivan based on the death of Wendy Towle,” the report states.

A woman answered the phone at Sullivan’s Kensington home when the Exeter News-Letter called Thursday evening. She said Sullivan would not be at the residence and declined to disclose how the News-Letter could contact him.

Sullivan’s attorney, Michael Dunn of Manchester, could not be reached for comment.

Towle’s sisters, Beth Clark and Dawn Nelson, have said they don’t believe their sister could have accidentally or intentionally overdosed.

They said their sister was a vibrant individual who was physically active and loved her job and family. In addition, she was well educated about the dangers of various drugs, according to Clark.

Reams said his office would reconsider opening the case if new information came to light.

May 20, 2011

There has been some recent activity in Wendy’s case, but we have been waiting for more information before posting anything.   Due to the recent increase in activity on the web site, we thought it only right to give a quick update. Two weeks ago the family of Wendy Towle was called to a meeting with the County General, his assistant,  the Chief and Sargent from Stratham PD, and a Victim Witness coordinator.  We  hope to be able to have more information and make a  more in depth  post soon.



Wendy loved life.  In her job she cared for others with a tender heart.  She was an athlete and had a passion for the outdoors and all it had to offer.  She looked forward to the days when she could run, hike, or bike.  But most of all, Wendy loved her family, family came first.