A New Hampshire man has been arrested in connection with the deaths of his wife and father at a condominium complex in Dover.
The New Hampshire Attorney General's Office said Jeramie Colella, 44, was arrested Monday and charged with knowing second-degree murder for causing the death of his wife, 43-year-old Joanna Colella, and for causing the death of his father, 69-year-old Francis Colella.
Authorities said the bodies were discovered at 18 Tideview Dr. earlier in the day. The cause and manner of their deaths will be determined pending autopsies which are scheduled for Wednesday.
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When neighbors at Tideview Estates woke up Monday morning, they saw crime tape and police cruisers at one of the multi-unit buildings.
“It’s very sad and very disappointing this can happen in a quiet neighborhood,” said longtime resident Sandra Melino.
“Unbelievable, I never would have expected it,” said another resident who didn’t want to be identified.
Neighbors had told NBC10 Boston a man and woman lived at the townhouse with their son.
“I’ve waved to them and I’ve seen them outside,’ said Debby Boyle. “He usually sits outside his garage with his Pitbull.”
Boyle was babysitting her grandson and says she was initially concerned for their safety until police calmed her fears.
“I stopped and asked the police officer,” Boyle said. “He told me it wasn’t a community issue, it’s a bad scene, not good, but that’s all they could tell me.”
Dover police confirmed there is no information in the ongoing investigation that suggests there is a threat to the public.
Jeramie Colella is scheduled to be arraigned on the murder charges in the Strafford County Superior Court on Tuesday. It's unclear if he has an attorney.