Double murder suspect found dead in Vernon

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HINSDALE, N.H. — A Brattleboro man accused of killing two people in Hinsdale on Thursday was found dead in Vernon Friday.

According to a press release from the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office, the Vermont Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine the exact cause and manner of the death of Derrick Shippee, 28.

No other information was released as to when and exactly where his body was found.

On Friday afternoon, at just past 1 p.m., the N.H. Attorney General issued a press release announcing law enforcement agencies were searching for Shippee, who had been charged with two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of Neal Bolster, 29, and Aaliyah Jacobs, 19.

Both Bolster and Jacobs were shot dead at Bolster's home at 240 Plain Road in Hinsdale.

According to the press release, officers went to the Plain Road home on Thursday afternoon for a welfare check. Inside the home, officers found the bodies of Bolster and Jacobs.

"For two lives to be taken like that, it affects families," said Christopher Bolster, of Bellows Falls. "It's not just two lives lost. People lost family members. Friends lost friends."

Bolster said his brother had been in some serious trouble in the past, but was trying to get his life back together.

"I have two kids," he said. "He wanted to get back on the straight and narrow so that he could be more involved in their lives."

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Bolster pleaded guilty in Cheshire County Superior Court in 2012 to one count of first-degree assault and one count of attempted robbery in the shooting of Christopher Bodisher, 30, in the Chesterfield Gorge parking lot on April 1, 2011.

Bolster was sentenced to 5 to 10 years in New Hampshire State Prison and was approved for work release in 2015. He was due in court in Vermont later this year on a charge of selling a drug that resulted in the overdose death of Connor Rusin, 25, of Wilmington, last June.

"We lost our mom two years ago to stage four cancer," said Christopher Bolster. "I think that was a reality shocker for him."

Jacobs' family has started a GoFundMe account to help defray the costs of her funeral. For more information, visit https://www.gofundme.com/7kpsjd-anything-helps.

Shippee was accused of shooting and killing the pair inside Bolster's home in Hinsdale. In the Friday press release, law enforcement noted a vehicle in which Shippee was believed to have been traveling was located Thursday night on Sak Road in Vernon, where his family owns property.

In October 2017, Shippee was arrested by the Brattleboro Police Department after it conducted a motor vehicle stop on Green Street. During the stop, Shippee was found to be in possession of crack cocaine. As a result, a search warrant was issued for Shippee's Moore Court residence.

During the search, officers found more than three ounces of crack cocaine, two ounces of cocaine, packages of steroids, 3,500 bags of heroin, $3,000 and a loaded handgun. According to Windham Superior Court, Criminal Division, there are no pending charges in Windham County related to that arrest. According to the Windham County State's Attorney's Office, no charges were filed following the 2017 incident.

"The state of Vermont declined prosecution after thoroughly reviewing the case," said Steven Brown, Deputy State's Attorney.

The investigation continues. Anyone who might have information should contact Detective Sergeant Shawn Skahan of the New Hampshire State Police at 603-223-8494 or shawn.skahan@dos.nh.gov.

Bob Audette can be contacted at 802-254-2311, ext. 151, or raudette@reformer.com.


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