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Body ID’d As Missing N.H. Woman

Charlestown Mother’s Death Ruled Homicide in Autopsy

Kelly Robarge

Kelly Robarge

Charlestown — The remains found in the woods in Unity on Saturday were those of Kelly Robarge, who went missing on June 27, according to the results of an autopsy released yesterday.

New Hampshire Deputy Chief Medical Examiner Jennie Duval determined Robarge’s death to be a homicide, though the exact cause of death was unspecified. The 42-year-old mother of two was identified via dental records and “a distinctive tattoo,” according to a news release from the state’s Attorney General’s Office.

Senior Assistant Attorney General Susan Morrell last night declined to comment on any details of the investigation, including a specific cause of death or when a suspect could be charged.

“The investigation into the murder of Kelly Robarge is continuing,” last night’s news release stated.

Robarge’s husband, James Robarge, 43, has been a “person of interest” since early in the investigation, Morrell said last week.

Last Wednesday, less than a week after his wife’s disappearance, James Robarge pleaded not guilty in Vermont to two unrelated charges — attempting to elude with gross negligent operation, a felony, and gross negligent operation, a misdemeanor — in Windham Superior Court. He was arrested the day before while driving to the Rockingham Medical Group, an urgent care facility.

According to police, Robarge made an appointment there earlier in the day, and doctors there told authorities they were concerned he could become violent and hurt himself or others. Bellows Falls police intercepted Robarge, who initially pulled over but sped off when asked to exit his car. A foot chase began once Robarge made it to the medical office, and police tackled him inside the facility.

During Robarge’s arraignment last week, Windham County Deputy State’s Attorney Steven Brown referred to him as a suspect in a missing persons case in New Hampshire, though he did not mention Kelly Robarge and later declined to comment on what the missing persons case was.

Before she disappeared, Robarge was babysitting her 1-year-old grandson, Richard, in her house. Earlier that day, she had filed for divorce from her estranged husband, James Robarge, citing irreconcilable differences.

Her mother, Carol Hewitt, said last Tuesday that James Robarge was the first to realize his wife was missing when he returned to the home on Happy Acres Road in Charlestown to find Richard alone and the family’s five German shepherds barking.

“I don’t know anybody in their right mind that would walk into a house with five German shepherds,” she said during a vigil on Tuesday. “I can’t think of anything that somebody would harm Kelly over.”

Hewitt declined to comment when reached by phone last night.

Jon Wolper can be reached at jwolper@vnews.com or 603-727-3242.

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