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N.H. officials investigate unrelated deaths of woman, man in Nashua

New Hampshire authorities are investigating two unrelated suspicious deaths in Nashua and have arrested a teenager on a murder charge in one of the killings, officials said Friday.

Nashua police were called to a business on Amherst Street about 11:25 a.m. for a reported shooting and found Lee Knoetig, 53, lying on the ground, unresponsive, with an apparent gunshot wound to the chest, according to a statement from New Hampshire Attorney General John M. Formella and Nashua Police Chief Kevin Rourke.

Knoetig was pronounced dead at the scene, and 19-year-old Alexander Wheeler of Nashua was later arrested and charged with second-degree murder for allegedly shooting Knoetig, according to the statement. Wheeler is expected to be in Hillsborough County Superior Court in Nashua on Monday.

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Also Friday night, Formella and Rourke released a separate statement saying that officials were investigating the death of a woman at a Nashua home.

Nashua police responded to a report of a deceased individual at a multi-unit residence on Kinsley Street at about 5:20 p.m., Formella and Rourke said in a statement Saturday.

Officers found the woman, identified as Julie Graichen, 34,inside an apartment on the premises.

An autopsy has determined that Graichen died due to a stab wound to the chest, according to the statement. Her death has been ruled a homicide.

The investigation surrounding Graichen’s death is ongoing. Authorities are asking anyone with information regarding the incident or Graichen’s activities on August 5 or the days preceding her death to contact the Nashua Crime Line at (603) 589-1665.

A spokesman for Formella said Friday that the deaths were unrelated.

“There is no connection. These are two separate incidents,” Michael S. Garrity, the spokesman, said in an e-mail.

Correspondent Sofia Saric contributed to this report.



Jeremy C. Fox can be reached at jeremy.fox@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @jeremycfox.