Authorities seek public’s help on 2011 Andover double murder

Custom home builder John Magee Jr. and his wife, Geraldine, were found shot to death in their  home nearly two years ago.


Custom home builder John Magee Jr. and his wife, Geraldine, were found shot to death in their home nearly two years ago.

Nearly two years after custom home builder John E. Magee Jr. and his wife, Geraldine, were found shot to death in their Andover home, no arrests have been made and authorities today are again asking for the public’s help in finding those responsible for the couple’s murder.

The Magees were discovered by two grandchildren and the couple’s daughter inside their home at 7 Orchard Crossing on Dec. 14, 2011. A Lexus SUV owned by the couple was found in Boston on Prince Street on Dec. 13, 2011. It had been set on fire, officials said.


Despite the time that has elapsed since the double killing, Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett and Andover Police Chief Patrick Keefe insisted in a joint statement that law enforcement has never forgotten the cruel violence visited upon the Magees.

“The investigation remains active and a high priority,’’ Blodgett said in a statement “We will continue to pursue every lead until we find the person or persons responsible for this tragic murder and seek justice for the Magee family in court.”

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John Magee was 69 years old and his wife, 67 years old, at the time of their deaths.

At the time of their deaths, law enforcement quickly notified the public that they believed the Magees were not the victims of random violence. But a motive for the first homicide in Andover in a decade was never disclosed then - or now.

In his statement, Blodgett said, “specific details about the investigation cannot be released at this time.’’


Keefe, who inherited the Magee case, said in a statement that his department is committed to finding those responsible for the murders.

“This remains a top priority with all agencies involved and we continue to investigate all leads and angles of this senseless murder,’’ he said.

Keefe added, “we continue to request that anyone with any information or possible information in this incident to come forward and contact one of the agencies involved.”

Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact the State Police assigned to Blodgett’s office at 978-745-8908 or the Andover Police Anonymous Tip Line at 978-470-3864.

John R. Ellement can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.
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