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‘Senseless Tragedy': Timberland Says Woman Killed at HQ Was Employee

The Timberland employee found dead at the Stratham, New Hampshire, headquarters was 46 years old, but has not been identified

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A woman believed to have been killed at the Timberland headquarters in Stratham, New Hampshire, this weekend was a "beloved" employee there, the company said Monday.

And the 20-year-old man arrested on suspicion of killing her was a security guard there for the past four months, according to court paperwork.

Robert Pavao, of Berwick, Maine, waived his arraignment on two second-degree murder charges in Rockingham Superior Court on Monday. He is being held without bail.

Pavao didn't know the 46-year-old victim, according to investigators.

“Right now, what authorities are doing is trying to piece together what connections, if any, there existed between these two parties," prosecutor Jeff Strelzin said.

A man from Maine has been arrested by police in connection to the death of a woman at the Timberland headquarters in New Hampshire.

The outdoor apparel company said in a statement Monday that the woman who died worked there and was "a beloved member of the Timberland community."

The company didn't name her but said it is cooperating with investigators. "We extend our deepest condolences to her family and loved ones as they process this senseless tragedy," the Timberland statement concluded.

That woman was 46 years old, police said Monday, without revealing her name.

The woman's identity hasn't been released. An autopsy was also expected to be performed Monday.

Prosecutors said the investigation remains in its early stages.

“The authorities are investigating, gathering up, any potential physical evidence in the case, as well as talking to individuals who may have been evidence," Strelzin said.

Multiple agencies responded Sunday to 200 Domain Drive in Stratham for a woman's suspicious death, Attorney General Gordon MacDonald said Sunday.

New Hampshire State Police, the Stratham Police Department and the Attorney General's Office convened Sunday at the building listed as the headquarters for Timberland.

As of late Sunday, authorities wouldn't say if the woman was found outside or inside the building, or what, if any, connection she had to the address.

But the connection was established Monday. Investigators say the woman was killed inside the building.

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