June 29, 2022

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Driver of vehicle sought in probe of slaying of couple in Concord, N.H.

Authorities in New Hampshire on Thursday said they’re seeking to identify and speak with the driver of a vehicle that was parked by a trail in Concord where Stephen Reid, 67, and Djeswende Reid, 66, were both shot to death in April in a case that remains unsolved.

In a statement, New Hampshire Attorney General John M. Formella’s office said investigators want to speak with the driver of a dark green Toyota RAV4 that was parked at the Marsh Loop trailhead on Portsmouth Road in Concord on April 18.

Formella’s office also released images of the vehicle, which officials said has a model year between 2006 and 2012, urging anyone with information to call the Concord Police Criminal Investigations Division at 603-225-8600.

By now, the few details released by authorities about the case are well-known.

On April 18, the Reids left their apartment in the Alton Woods complex on foot around 2:30 p.m. and eventually accessed the nearby Marsh Loop trail, a 1.5-mile path that’s part of a larger trail system known as Broken Ground. The Reids were later reported missing after failing to show up for a family engagement. Three days later, their bodies were found, riddled with bullets, in the vicinity of the Marsh Loop trail on the city’s east side.

Law enforcement officials previously released a sketch of a person of interest in the killings, but no arrests have been reported. Autopsies determined both of the Reids were shot multiple times.

A reward of $33,500 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible for the slayings, authorities said.

“Tips can be submitted anonymously by contacting the Concord Regional Crimeline at (603) 226-3100,” the statement said. “Tips can also be submitted online through the Crimeline website at www.concordregionalcrimeline.com, or text message TIP234 and your message to CRIMES (274637). All tips remain anonymous.”

Formella’s office said the probe remains active and “additional information will be released as it becomes available, while protecting the integrity of the investigation.”

The Reid family said in April that the couple had moved back to New England after Stephen Reid retired from a decades-long career in international development. A Concord native, he joined the Peace Corps out of college, spending four years in West Africa teaching English to middle-schoolers. He met Djeswende in Washington, D.C., where she was attending college on an athletic scholarship.

“They bonded over their mutual love of adventure and fitness,’’ the family said in an April statement.

Stephen’s career frequently sent him overseas, and Djeswende, who went by Wendy, was often by his side.

“Steve’s 30-plus year career as an international development specialist in service to the world’s most vulnerable through USAID humanitarian projects could not have been made possible without the love, care and support of Wendy who also helped recently resettled refugees acclimate and thrive in the United States,’’ the family said.

The Reids retired to Concord three years ago. They had previously lived in Vermont, according to public records, and in West Africa, according to Reid’s high school classmates and news reports. Djeswende was from Burkina Faso in West Africa, according to their daughter’s corporate biography.

According to public records, Djeswende had worked for a nonprofit, the New Hampshire Minority Health Coalition, and had helped resettle refugees in the United States, according to the family.

Material from prior Globe stories was used in this report.


Travis Andersen can be reached at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.