By Bea Lewis
GILFORD — As the sixth anniversary of the unsolved murder of Roberta "Bobbie" Miller has come and gone, her family has updated a billboard on Route 104 in Meredith, to publicize a reward that has grown to $55,000 for information that leads to the arrest and prosecution or the person or persons responsible for her death.
Miller, 54, was discovered inside her 123 Country Club Road home in the early evening hours of Nov. 1, 2010 and investigators have released few details other than that she and her beloved yellow Labrador mix dog 'Sport' were both fatally shot.
A year after her death, investigators said they had determined that the murder occurred between 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31 and 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 1.
Miller's death certificate filed to allow her estate to be probated discloses that she died on Halloween as a result of shotgun wounds of the head and neck, and that she sustained perforations to her skull, brain, left carotid artery, aorta and lungs.
While investigators have remained tight-lipped about the case, based on probate court filings it appears that that theft was not a motive. In 2012, Gilford police released cash and checks totaling $35,211found inside the home where the killing took place. Miller had purchased the ranch-style home just 10 days before she was killed.
A copy of her will filed as part of the probate process shows it was signed just four days before her death. Just two months earlier, Miller had concluded a bitter three-year long divorce in CarrollCounty. Thought finalized, Miller and her ex-husband Gary Miller, wholived in Wolfeboro for about 20 years, were still in court battling over payment issues related to taxes.
Two- days before she was killed, a three-season camp on Great East Lake in Acton, Maine, that Gary Miller received in the divorce was destroyed in a fire determined to be arson. No one has been charged in connection with the blaze.
Ken Dionne, the victim's brother, said while authorities are stillworking to solve her murder, he takes it hard that the state has
limited resources to devote to the effort.
He laments that there are just 14 troopers assigned to the New Hampshire State Police Major Crimes Unit, only half of which actually work in the field, and none of whom focus exclusively on homicides.
The Major Crimes Unit is also tasked with handling computer crimes,missing persons, providing forensic crime scene services and investigating crimes that occur in state correctional facilities.
Dionne said his sister is just one of the many victims murdered in New Hampshire in recent years and that without enough manpower devoted to her case, he believes it is unlikely that her killer will be broughtto justice without the public's help.
Anyone who may have knowledge of any circumstances surrounding Bobbie Miller's death is urged to contact the New Hampshire State PoliceMajor Crime Unit at (603) 223-8573, or the New Hampshire State Police Tipline at (603) 223-3960.
Anyone who spoke with Bobbie Miller or saw her the Halloween weekend of 2010, especially between 4:00 p.m. on Sunday and 5:00 p.m. the following Monday, is strongly encouraged to call the New Hampshire State Police.
This billboard announcing a reward that has grown to $55,000 forinformation in connection with the Halloween 2010 murder of Roberta"Bobbie" Miller of Gilford, posted on Route 104 in Meredith hasrecently been updated with a new photograph of the victim in hopes itwill result in the needed help from the public to crack the six-year-old unsolved case. (Bea Lewis/for The Laconia Daily Sun)
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