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Investigation continues into murder of Madison woman


February 20, 2019
MADISON — A juvenile has been arrested and charged with second degree murder in the death of 42-year-old Melissa (Moulton) Hatch.

Police were called to Hatch's home in the Eidelweiss development in Madison at 6:40 p.m. Feb. 15. When they arrived, they found Hatch deceased. An autopsy Feb. 17 confirmed her death was a homicide, and the cause was multiple sharp injuries.

The official press release from the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office refers to her legal name, Hatch, but she used her maiden name, Moulton.

Moulton's dog named River, a long-haired chihuahua, was also seriously injured in the attack, perhaps trying to protect her owner. River is recovering after undergoing surgery.

On the second GoFundMe.com page, "Missy's Funeral/Care for her special needs child," Moulton's stepsister Hayley wrote, "Missy was a loving mother, daughter, sister and friend to all she met. She leaves behind her children one of which has severe disabilities. To meet Julia's needs in these upcoming months and years as we follow a path without her mother any donations made that do not go to funeral costs will be put in a fund so Julia can live as comfortably as possible. From my family to yours, thank you from the bottom of our hearts."

The family has also established a GoFundMe.com page to raise money for vet bills and ongoing care expenses at "The Road to Health for River."

On that fundraising page, Hayley wrote, "River is a good strong dog, and we are hoping to keep her in the family during this hard time. Anything anyone can do to help would be greatly appreciated."

Because a juvenile was arrested and the investigation is ongoing, police are not revealing any other information, including the name of the person arrested.

Because second-degree murder is a felony-level offense, the case may be referred to Superior Court and there might be a point at which the court clerk is allowed to release further information.

If anyone has information that might be helpful for this investigation, contact Sgt. Marc Beaudoin of the New Hampshire State Police at 223-8678.

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