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  • Writer's pictureJeffrey Hastings

Investigators Search Water And Woods For Evidence In Hooksett Murder Investigation

Hooksett, NH - Monday morning several members of law enforcement agencies worked in the Hooksett area where Jason Wirtz, age 45, was found murdered Sunday morning.

Wirtz was found unresponsive in the roadway Sunday morning and transported to the Elliot Hospital where he died.

Investigators announced an arrest Sunday evening of Dillon Sleeper, 26 of Franklin, he was charged with Second Degree Murder. The allegations say he stabbed Wirtz in the neck causing his death which has been ruled a homicide.

New Hampshire Fish and Game Dive Team members set up in the Merrimack River and several divers worked in different parts of the river. One area concentrated on was under the bridge that is just north of where the victim was found. Six vehicles and a trailer from NH Fish and Game were at the Lambert boat ramp off Merrimack Street.

Several members of New Hampshire State Police including members of Major Crime, Troopers from Troop B, and a k9 Officer worked in the area of Donati Field on Main Street.

Donati Field is adjacent to the area where Wirtz was found in the roadway on Main Street. Troopers could be seen doing line searches of grassy and wooded areas. At one point several officers were searching an area at the entrance of Donati Field, rummaging through plants and high grass.

Sources have indicated that law enforcement is searching the area for evidence connected to the murder and possibly the weapon used.

The New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office has indicated all people involved in the incident have been identified, and there does not appear to be any danger to the public.

As investigators look into the timeline of events they are asking for the public’s assistance. Anyone who observed any individual(s) walking on Main Street in Hooksett between Daniel Webster Highway and College Park Drive during the hours of 11:30 P.M. Saturday night to 1:00 A.M. Sunday, and anyone who drove across the Main Street Bridge in Hooksett during that same time period, is asked to please contact the New Hampshire State Police Major Crime Unit tip line at (603) 628-8477 or New Hampshire State Police Dispatch at (603) 223-4381.

Dillon Sleeper is scheduled to appear in Merrimack County Superior Court today, and as information become available the post will be updated.

©Jeffrey Hastings


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