New DNA evidence proves true identity of Robert ‘Bob’ Evans, ‘Allenstown Four’ killer

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Authorities have determined Robert ‘Bob’ Evans true identity.

MANCHESTER, NH – New information has been gathered regarding the murder of four unidentified homicide victims (one adult female and three children) found in Allenstown in 1985 and 2000, and the disappearance of a Manchester woman in 1981, Denise Beaudin.

The information was released jointly on Aug. 18 by New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald, New Hampshire State Police Colonel Christopher J. Wagner and Manchester Police Chief Enoch F. Willard.

On January 26, 2017, New Hampshire authorities released photographs and details about the person who has been identified as the killer of the four unidentified victims in Allenstown. That person used several different names, including the name Robert “Bob” Evans while he was in New Hampshire. Robert “Bob” Evans is also the suspect in the disappearance and likely murder of Denise Beaudin, who went missing in 1981 from Manchester, New Hampshire.

Since the January 2017 release, investigators on the case have followed up on dozens of tips and leads regarding Evans’s actual identity and the identity of the Allenstown homicide victims. In addition, DNA work has been ongoing as a potential means of determining Evans’s true identity and that of his victims. As a result of those efforts, a DNA sample was obtained from a living adult believed to be Evans’s child. Testing on that adult’s DNA sample has confirmed that his father was the person known as Robert “Bob” Evans. Those DNA results and other investigative work have allowed investigators to confirm that Robert “Bob” Evans’s true identity is in fact, Terry Peder Rasmussen.


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Rasmussen was born in 1943 in Denver, Colorado. Rasmussen lived in both Colorado and Arizona with his family. He attended Phoenix, Arizona North High School from 1959 – 1960. In 1961, he enlisted in the United States Navy, where he served until being generally discharged in 1967. While in Navy service, Rasmussen served as an electrician in a construction unit. During his service, Rasmussen was stationed on several western US bases, and spent time overseas in Okinawa. After leaving military service, Rasmussen briefly moved to Hawaii where he was married. He and his wife moved to Arizona in 1969, where Rasmussen’s wife gave birth to twin daughters.

They would go on to have a son in 1970, and another daughter in 1972. Between 1969 and approximately 1973 or 1974, the couple lived in various locations in both Phoenix, Arizona and Redwood City, California. Rasmussen and his wife briefly separated in October of 1972, but later reconciled. At some time between 1973-1974, Rasmussen’s wife left him and took the children with her. Rasmussen’s family last saw him around Christmas of 1974 when he arrived at their Arizona residence unexpectedly to visit the children. Rasmussen was in the company of an unidentified female, and stated that he was living in the Casa Del Rey Apartments located in Ingleside, Texas. After this visit, Rasmussen’s wife and children never saw him again, and never knew his whereabouts or whether he was alive after that 1974 visit.

Rasmussen’s former wife and his four children are alive and accounted for. Investigators are still attempting to account for Rasmussen’s whereabouts between 1974 and the time he arrived in New Hampshire in the late 1970s posing as Robert “Bob” Evans. Investigators have found a work record indicating that “Bob Evans” was employed by a Texas electric company in June of 1978 and was still using the name Terry Rasmussen. This record indicates Rasmussen left this position to work elsewhere.

Investigators are hoping that this new information will generate tips from the public as to Rasmussen’s whereabouts during the mid to late 1970s, and the identity of any females or children accompanying him. Authorities have particular interest in identifying the female who accompanied Rasmussen during the 1974 visit with his family in Payson, Arizona. Investigators believe that from 1974-1978, Rasmussen likely spent time in some or all of the following states:

New Hampshire; Texas; Arizona; California; Oregon; and Virginia.

In addition to this summary, investigators are also providing a timeline of events in Rasmussen’s life along with some pictures of him when he was younger.

Anyone with information about the man we now know as Terry Peder Rasmussen is asked to contact any of the following authorities: