New information, fresh photo released in unsolved ‘Allenstown Four’ murder mystery

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Terry Peder Rasmussen – 1973 Arrest (Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office).

CONCORD, NH – New information and a fresh photograph have been released by law enforcement authorities about the suspect in 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.

[See FBI updated timeline below.]

On January 26, 2017, New Hampshire authorities released photographs and details about the person who had 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. 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. In August 2017, it was announced that those DNA results and other investigative work had allowed investigators to confirm that Robert “Bob” Evans’s true identity was in fact Terry Peder Rasmussen.

Since the identification of Terry Rasmussen, investigators have continued to search for historic records of Mr. Rasmussen’s whereabouts during the mid-1970s. Based on the information at hand, it appeared that Mr. Rasmussen was last seen by his family in Payson, Arizona around Christmas of 1974 and was in the company of an unidentified adult female. Investigators have recently learned that Mr. Rasmussen was arrested by the Phoenix Arizona Police Department on June 11, 1975 for aggravated assault. The records pertaining to this arrest suggest that Mr. Rasmussen was still in contact with his family at this time. Investigators have also learned that Mr. Rasmussen was arrested on April 30, 1973, by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office in Phoenix, Arizona, as a Fugitive from Justice (the underlying charge is unclear).

A booking photo (see above)  associated with this 1973 is being disseminated in the hopes that people may recognize Terry Rasmussen and be able to assist in accounting for his whereabouts during the mid and late 1970s. It is still believed that Rasmussen was likely in some or all of the following states during this time period:

  • New Hampshire
  • Texas
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Oregon 
  • Virginia

In light of this additional information, investigators believe the Payson, Arizona, sighting of Mr. Rasmussen may actually have occurred later around Christmas of 1975 or 1976. Authorities remain very interested in identifying the unknown female who was with Mr. Rasmussen during that visit as she may be the mother of Mr. Rasmussen’s daughter, who was found murdered in Allenstown.

In addition to this summary, investigators are also providing a revised timeline of events in Mr. Rasmussen’s life along with the 1973 Arizona booking photos of him, uploaded below.

Anyone with information about the man we now know as Terry Peder Rasmussen is asked to contact any of the following authorities: New Hampshire State Police-Cold Case Unit (603) 223-3856 coldcaseunit@dos.nh.gov Manchester Police Department (603) 668-8711 MPDcoldcase@manchesternh.gov National Center for Missing & Exploited Children 1-800-THELOST (1-800-843-5678) ncmectips@ncmec.org