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Urgent tip response

What follows is an email received from a follower of this blog, used with permission. It explains what the NHSP say they are doing in the Stacey Burns murder case and other so-called cold cases. It also explains why I have not and evidently will not receive any response about the status of information I submitted (the “urgent tip”)to the NHSP Cold Case Unit at the beginning of May. Readers can conclude whether this is positive or negative news. Here is the email:


You may or may not get a response.
You may not get the response you were looking for.
However …I wanted to let you know that there are 2 – dedicated personnel at ‘The Cold Case Unit’
entering All Data (Archive, Current, and Incoming) into their system, daily.
The Urgent Tip information that has been sent to The CCU and The MCU, would have been (current incoming data) entered into The Cold Case Unit’s data base.
That is what these 2 – personnel are all about / dedicated to.
The following response is as sincere as it gets, during an open / active investigation.
All involved with the Stacey Burns investigation (AGs Office, Major Crime Unit, Cold Case Unit) are aware of the Urgent Tip information. Since this matter is open and active, we do not respond back to tipsters with status updates as to what investigative steps are being taken.
New Hampshire State Police
Major Crime Unit / Cold Case Unit
At this point, I am awaiting responses from folks who could tell me if the four major players in my “tip” have been contacted. Obviously, I do not expect any response from the NHSP.
That’s it for now. . .

5 Responses to Urgent tip response

  • Jack Donovan says:

    Is there anybody out there who may have that 1 Thread of information that may help the officials connect the Dots to solve this Horrible crime if so Think about the Poor Children how could anybody live with Themselves if they know the slightest bit of information, you have got to get up every morning and look in the mirror, please if you want some Peace in Your Life and have a SOUL let the authorities know that little bit of information that will set you FREE and help solve the case .

  • Patiently Watching and Waiting says:

    When one gets to know some one for a period of time, it becomes very clear whom your dealing with. You not only know this person intimately but know their mind set for sure. You pick up behaviors after awhile that set themselves up for scrutiny. When an investigation takes place and you are a reporting party? You are also investigated. So is my case. From the onset I was actually followed by the state police for what I noticed was three days. The Carroll County Sheriffs Office also were involved along with the Wolfeboro Police Department.
    I have gone thru some terrible crap over this caused by the State Police and a “set up” to bring forth more evidence thru the courts didn’t pan out like they expected. Last told that they are better than I am by the statement made to me, ” I’m good at my job”. I in good faith I can not get into details. it is my belief that they actually know who did this but the evidence is just not there for a jury to hear.
    Just to protect myself from further humiliation , I took the time to see a therapist on my own to see if I might have got it all wrong. To see if maybe I was ” delusional” as my favorite suspect may seem to think. I am not.One must take certain steps to assure their own sanity in this case. To also prove their sanity also.
    Please rest assured that the Vittums are not suspect and need to hear that they are not. They have been thru enough. If their statements on this blog seem out of line? I totally understand their anger. May God Bless you with relief, that he comfort you in your time of pain and confusion, anger and that he just bless you with peace. To the Vittums, I whole hardheartedly apologize for any bad statements made by myself..
    I do now have one more piece of information. I have been staying away from this blog for all intent and purpose of letting this investigation take it’s course without my involvement, but will once again go to the authorities with this. I was duped by my suspect. I too suffer along with others. I want total resolution on this brutal homicide. know who I am. Others do not.
    I feel part of the problem is that when a case is brought forward, all involved when in court must have clean hands. Sorry folks. Because of things in my past, I do not. But rest assured , I live a life second to none today. I am happy, loving ,honest and I want my suspect held accountable.
    Duke I thank you for your continued efforts to resole this case. May God Bless you and yours. Ride safe on that scooter Bro.

  • Wayne says:

    One reason people with knowledge don’t come forward is because they fear repercussions. The saying is that there is a fine line between courage and stupidity and most people are not that courageous or that stupid. Therefore the person that does come forward must have another motive that transcends the possible repercussions. A “tipster” is someone that may possibly have information relative to solving the crime but little or no direct knowledge. However, a “victim” may have 1st hand knowledge of other crimes being committed that could possibly lead to murder. Theft, distribution of illegal drugs, extortion, racketeering and conspiracy to commit fraud are all crimes that could lead to murder. A person facing possible life in prison for these crimes certainly qualifies as having a motive for murder. A victim with direct knowledge of these crimes, and comes forward, is possibly placing themselves and their families at an even greater risk. That is why other victims or those with direct knowledge do not come forward. The risk/reward breakdown is 100% risk and 0% reward. No incentive to come forward and plenty of good reasons not too. Apparently victim’s rights or whistle blower protection hasn’t reached New Hampshire yet.

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