Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

December 27, 2012

With murder case still unsolved, police need help

By Dustin Luca
Staff Writer

---- — Just over a year after a double-homicide on Orchard Crossing rocked Andover, law enforcement officials are appealing to anyone who might have information on the shootings.

The year began with Andover residents wondering when officials would know who killed an Andover couple in their home. With the year ending, the questions about the killings still remain.

John Magee, 69, and Geraldine Magee, 67, were both found shot dead at their Orchard Crossing home on Dec. 14, 2011. Their bodies were discovered that morning by their daughter, who was dropping off her children at the time.

Andover Police Chief Brian Pattullo and District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett are “encouraging people to come forward with any information whatsoever, however small or insignificant they may think it is, at this point in time,” according to Carrie Kimball Monahan, spokesperson for Blodgett.

The Magees black Lexus was found burning in Boston’s North End after their murders. Since then, no new information has been released on either the murders or the ensuing investigation. In a release, Blodgett said the investigation “is active and remains a priority. We will continue to pursue every lead until we find the person or persons responsible for this senseless and tragic murder and seek justice for the Magee family in court.”

Often, with a homicide investigation, there are people “who have information but may not realize its relevance or importance to the investigation,” Blodgett said. “At this point, any and all information is important.”

Anyone with information can call detectives with the District Attorney’s office at 978-745-8908 or call the Andover Police Department’s anonymous tip line at 978-470-3864.