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Police looking for leads in death of woman who went out for a walk in Manchester

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MANCHESTER, New Hampshire — Police are asking for the public's help in trying to find out how and why a woman was shot and killed as she went for her weekly walk in a Manchester neighborhood.

Authorities say 62-year-old Denise Robert was walking in the North End section of Manchester at about 9 p.m. Sunday, an area regarded as a safe neighborhood, when she was shot. An autopsy determined she died of a single gunshot wound.

There were reports of a pickup truck speeding away with a white man in his 20s or 30s wearing a white tank top and having close-cropped hair.

Before her walk, which she usually did each Sunday, Robert, a longtime advertising employee for the Union Leader Corp., went to the Executive Health and Sports Center in Manchester, followed by trips to Vitamin World, Wal-Mart and Hannaford.

Police Chief Nick Willard said he's increasing patrols in the area.

"We are going to explore every single possibility," Willard said Monday, including that it might have been a random act of violence. "Very little is known."

Robert worked for the Union Leader Corp. and in advertising sales since 1983.

"She worked tirelessly and cared deeply about her customers and co-workers. Her memory will live on and she'll be deeply missed but never forgotten," said Steve Pare, advertising manager at the Union Leader.

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