UNH lecturer wanted in homicide found dead

10:35 PM, Feb 18, 2014   |    comments
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CARY, North Carolina (NEWS CENTER) -- A lecturer from the University of New Hampshire who was wanted in a homicide investigation has been found dead.

The homicide happened in Cary, North Carolina. Cary is about ten miles west of Raleigh. The suspect was Eric Engel, a professor at UNH since August. Police say the 43 year-old shot and killed Lenny Wysocki. Police responded to a 911 report of gunshots Friday morning. When they arrived, they found the 74 year-old victim in his side yard. He was taken to Duke University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. Police say Engel fled to Florida, where he took his own life during a police standoff.

Police have not released details about why Engel was in North Carolina. After the incident in Cary, police tracked him to Florida, where they say he took his own life. Engel lived in Durham, New Hampshire and officials at the University say he taught in the Communications department.

Police have not released a possible motive for the crime. Erika Mantz, the Director of Media Relations at U-N-H, says Engel was teaching three classes this semester. Mantz says the University's focus is now on the students. Counseling services will be provided as needed.






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