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N.H. Professors’ Murder Probe Widens

February 3, 2001

HANOVER, N.H. (AP) _ The investigation of the slayings of two Dartmouth College professors has expanded to other countries, a prosecutor said Saturday.

Investigators are interviewing people who knew Half and Susanne Zantop both in the United States and abroad, Assistant Attorney General Kelly Ayotte said.

Both Zantops were born in Germany and frequently traveled overseas.

``The Zantops were not just members of the Dartmouth community, they also were members of the world community,″ Ayotte said.

She gave no additional details about the investigation, but said authorities have received new leads every day since the couple were found dead in their home Jan. 27.

Their bodies were discovered by a dinner guest who arrived and found the door unlocked.

The couple had been stabbed, most likely by someone they knew or had let into their house, authorities said. Friends said the Zantops were known for opening their home to colleagues and students.

Authorities said a car impounded at the Manchester Airport this past week was one of many they plan to examine. An employee at the rental car agency told WNDS-TV that the driver may have been affiliated with a university in Arizona.

In a letter issued Friday, Dartmouth President James Wright told students, faculty and staff that he was proud of the way they have supported each other in the wake of the killings.

``Times such as these test any community,″ he said. ``The outpouring of sympathy continues to give us strength at this time.″

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Town of Hanover: http://www.hanovernh.org

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