The suspect in the death of a New Hampshire couple lived in the woods for months
CONCORD, NH (AP) – A man accused of killing a New Hampshire couple on a hiking trail in April spent months living in the woods nearby but disappeared after lying to police shortly before the bodies were discovered, according to court documents released in Thursday.
The New Hampshire State Police statement was released by a Vermont judge after Logan Clegg, 26, waived extradition and agreed to return to New Hampshire to face charges of second-degree murder.
The document does not include a possible motive for the deaths of Stephen and Djeswenda Reid, whose the bodies were found on April 21, three days after they left their Concord apartment complex for a walk. But he describes what led investigators to Clegg, including store video surveillance, credit card information and cellphone data.1
According to the affidavit, police investigating the couple’s disappearance met a man living in the woods who identified himself as “Arthur Kelly” on April 20. Two days later, his camp was abandoned, but police found spent shell casings similar to those found at the crime scene.
A woman later came forward to say she was walking her dog on April 18 when the Reids passed her on the trail. A few minutes later she heard gunshots and later saw a young man carrying a shopping bag looking into the woods toward where the bodies were found.
Several other residents told police they saw a young homeless man in the area multiple times between November 2021 and April 2022, and surveillance footage showed someone matching their descriptions buying propane tanks and groceries at nearby stores.
Police did not have a name until September, when the bank provided information about the person’s credit or debit card purchases. This led to an online supplement seller, who identified the customer as Clegg.
A booking photo of Clegg from a 2020 burglary arrest in Utah matched the “Arthur Kelly” police spoke to in Concord, according to the affidavit. A manager at McDonald’s in Concord also confirmed that Clegg was employed from November 2021 to February 2022.
Police arrested Clegg this month after learning he had booked a one-way ticket to Germany for October 14. They used the phone number he provided when purchasing the ticket to track him down in Burlington, Vermont on October 12th.
According to the affidavit, Clegg told police he lived in Concord and worked at McDonald’s, but denied living in a tent, using the alias Arthur Kelly, having any interactions with police, owning a weapon or was involved in the deaths of the Reids.
During his appearance in Vermont court, Clegg answered questions from Superior Court Judge Mary Morrissey about whether he understood what he was doing when he agreed to return to face the charges in New Hampshire. His lawyer asked about the prosecution’s request to seal the affidavit, but the judge said he had no legal authority to do so.
At a news conference in Concord, New Hampshire Attorney General John Formella said investigators have no information suggesting anyone other than Clegg was involved in the death. He otherwise declined to provide other information, including anything about a possible motive for the crime or whether Clegg had any connection to the couple.
“Mr. Clegg’s arrest is a significant step in this case, but it’s only one step,” he said. “There’s a long way to go in this case.”
He and Concord Police Chief Bradley Osgood urged the public to continue to come forward with any information or tips.
“Six months ago, this senseless tragedy became our number one priority. That remains our highest priority today,” said Osgood. “We hope that today will provide a sense of healing for the community and the Reid family.”
Family members issued a statement thanking authorities for their work in identifying and arresting the suspect, as well as those who provided information and donated money to the reward hotline.
Associated Press writer Wilson Ring in Montpelier, Vermont, contributed to this report.
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