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    NH - Joanne Dunham, 15, Charlestown, 11 June 1968

    Couldn't find an existing thread on Joanne.

    From the NH Dept. of Justice website:

    "On June 11, 1968 at approximately 7:10 a.m., Joanne Dunham, age 15, was last seen while walking from her home at Raiche Mobile Homes in Charlestown, NH enroute to her bus stop on her way to school. She never got on the bus. Her body was found at approximately 4:15 p.m. the following day on a roped off dirt road on Quaker City Road in Unity NH approximately 5½ miles from where she was abducted. An autopsy determined that Joanne died of asphyxiation."

    Does anyone know if this case has been investigated as an early Rodney Alcala murder? According to most of the available timelines, Alcala was on the east coast in 1968 and worked as a counselor at a theatre camp near Lake Sunapee, right in between where Joanne disappeared from and the place her body was later found. The details of her murder line up seamlessly with Alcala's known preferences.

    http://doj.nh.gov/criminal/cold-case...nne-dunham.htm
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    Thanks for the thread! I am not an Alcala researcher, so can't help with that...but I did find an old 1969 article about her death which states they had three suspects. One of those was a "prime suspect" and all three were said to be New Hampshire men. It also noted her hands were bound behind her back and her mouth and head were bound in 2" masking tape. (Paraphrased) Hope that helps some.

    I can't link the ancestry newspaper, but took a screenshot if needed.

    ETA: they also say they had "one good clue"
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    I'd love to know what that "one good clue" was. My guess would be hair or prints trapped in the bindings...

    Please do post that screenshot! There's so little about this case online.
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    It looks like Alcala was still in L.A. for Joanne's murder.
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