Tuesday April 30, 2013

CHESTERFIELD, N.H. -- Authorities are still mum on the details of a fatal shooting in town one year after it happened.

It has not been revealed what transpired between Mark T. McAuley, 39, and Douglas M. Farr, 32, both of Hinsdale, on April 14, 2012, when gunshots left McAuley dead and Farr wounded.

Authorities have not released information about the investigation or charged anyone in connection with the incident.

New Hampshire Assistant Attorney General Peter R. Hinckley, who is overseeing the case, told the Reformer he could not comment on the investigation because it is still active. He said, however, it is not unusual for a case to take a year or longer to investigate.

"Every case is different, every case is unique," he said. "Some cold cases go on for decades -- this shouldn't be one of those, though."

Hinckley previously told the Reformer that McAuley and Farr knew each other but would not comment further.

The number listed for Farr in the phone book was no longer in service. The incident took place along a dirt road on a piece of private property near the intersection of North Hinsdale Road, Gulf Road and Plain Road.

Chesterfield Police Chief Lester Fairbanks said his department has been periodically keeping in touch with state investigators. He said Det. David Eldridge was a very active liaison to the case until he took a job with the Hinsdale Police Department.


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The chief said this cases provides a number of challenges.

"Any time you have only two witnesses to an event and one of them winds up dead, piecing it together has to rely on forensic evidence," he told the Reformer.

Fairbanks said the incident was a pretty quiet event, which didn't seem to shake the public too much. He said there was also a shooting in the parking area of the Chesterfield gorge in 2011 and occurrences like that have hardened the community.

"People have learned that this isn't exactly Mayberry," he said in reference to the tranquil, crime-free town in "The Andy Griffith Show," which ran 1960 to 1968. "We're not immune to any of the problems of society."

Fairbanks said it is disconcerting to know someone was killed in your town, but the reality has not stopped people from living their lives.

Domenic Poli can be reached at dpoli@reformer.com, or 802-254-2311, ext. 277. You can follow him on Twitter @dpoli_reformer.