Autopsy Reveals How Dover Double Murder Victims Died

Two Dover, New Hampshire residents were found dead in a condominium parking lot on Monday

What to Know

  • Jeramie Colella, 44 was charged for the deaths of his wife, 43-year-old Joanna Colella and his father, 69-year-old Francis Colella.
  • An autopsy performed Wednesday reveals that the victims were strangled.
  • Police believe Colella killed the victims sometime between Sunday afternoon and Monday morning.

An autopsy report on the two Dover, New Hampshire residents whose bodies were found in a condominium parking lot was released Thursday.

A medical examiner determined that Joanna Colella, 43, and Francis Colella, 69, were both strangled, according to the state’s attorney general. The bodies were discovered Monday in a condo parking lot located on Tideview Drive. Their deaths were ruled a homicide following the autopsy.

Jeramie Colella, 44, was arrested that same Monday after he was accused of being responsible for the double deaths. Jearmie Colella was the son of Francis and husband of Joanna.

The suspect, who was held without bail, waived his arraignment in Strafford County Superior Court Tuesday and did not face a judge. He was charged with two counts of second-degree murder.

Police believe Jeramie Colella killed the victims sometime between Sunday afternoon and Monday morning inside his home before moving their bodies.

Officials are continuing their investigation of the double murders. Anyone with information on the deaths is encouraged to contact Detective Sgt. Mark Nadeau at 603-742-4646 or at m.nadeau@dover.nh.gov.

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