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Woman Parked On Top Of The Garage And Walked To The Elevator. She Was Stabbed To Death Before She Made The Door.

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May 25 2022, Published 2:27 p.m. ET

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A 69-year-old was stabbed to death in a New Hampshire parking garage. Now, more than 30 years later, police remained stumped at who attacked her.

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Around 11:30 a.m. on May 20, 1991, police in Manchester, New Hampshire, responded to a parking garage for a report of a woman who was stabbed. When officers arrived, they found Rita Roy, 69, with multiple stab wounds.

She was taken to the hospital, where she died from her injuries, according to the New Hampshire Department of Justice.

Police investigated for several months but did not make an arrest.

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According to NBC News, Roy parked on the top level of the parking garage, but she never made it to the elevator.

“She’s standing, waiting to get on the elevator when she’s attacked,” Manchester police Det. Lucas Hobbs told NBC News. “You have your high-risk victims, your low-risk and your no-risk victim, which make up about two percent of crimes. And she was your no-risk victim, violently murdered.”

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Days after the murder, a suspect sketch was released and brought in tips, according to NBC News. But none led to an arrest and now the case is cold.

Anyone with information on the killing is asked to contact police at (603) 668-8711.

Her grandson, Jeff Furlotte, told NBC that Roy was in charge of the tight-knit family.

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After she retired in 1984, Roy worked with a volunteer program acting as a grandparent figure for infants and toddlers in foster care.

“She was always there,” Furlotte told NBC. “We spent a lot of weekends with her, just cooking breakfast and sleeping over—typical grandmother stuff. She was a very giving person.”


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