Suspicious Antrim death ruled a homicide

  • A State Police crime scene investigation is underway at 5 Gregg Street in Antrim Friday morning. Staff photo by Abbe Hamilton

  • A State Police crime scene investigation is underway at 5 Gregg Street in Antrim Friday morning.  Staff photo by Abbe Hamilton

  • A State Police crime scene investigation underway at 5 Gregg Street in Antrim Friday morning. Staff photo by Abbe Hamilton

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 11/2/2019 7:15:31 PM

Jason Beam, 41, of Gregg Lake Road was found killed from “multiple sharp and blunt penetrating injuries of the head, neck, and chest” in his home in the early morning hours on Friday.

Later that day, authorities reported a juvenile had been arrested in connection to his death.

Antrim Fire Chief Marshall Gale said on Friday that firefighters had responded to the Gregg Lake Road home at about 2:51 a.m. on Friday for a reported fire with a subject still within the home.

A woman and child were outside of the home when firefighters arrived, he said.

“They met us upon our arrival,” Gale said, and told firefighters where to find the man inside the home.

Upon entry, firefighters found the house was filled with smoke and a room and its contents were on fire, Gale said. The man was found inside the house, deceased with obvious trauma to his body, he said.

Gale could say no more at the time since the Attorney General’s office, state police and the state fire marshal’s office had taken over the investigation into the suspicious fire and death. 

In a press release Friday afternoon Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald, New Hampshire State Police Colonel Christopher J. Wagner and Antrim Police Chief Scott R. Lester identified Beam as the deceased and said a juvenile had been arrested in connection to his death.

An autopsy was conducted Saturday, the results of which were released in a Saturday afternoon press release from MacDonald, Wagner and Lester.

“Jason Beam was found dead at his home on Gregg Lake Road in Antrim in the early morning hours of November 1, 2019. New Hampshire Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Jennie V. Duval has determined that the cause of Mr. Beam’s death was multiple sharp and blunt penetrating injuries of the head, neck, and chest, and that the manner of his death was homicide,” the press release said. “A juvenile has been arrested in connection with the death of Jason Beam. Because the alleged perpetrator in this case is a juvenile, no other details will be available as the case works through the juvenile system.”

According to his obituary, “Jason was a devoted father to his sons, a doting husband, a committed son to his parents, a big hearted brother, the fun and crazy uncle, a cherished family member of a large family, and a friend to many.”

His obituary is on page 18 of today’s paper.

Authorities are asking anyone who may have information about the incident to call New Hampshire State Police Sergeant William Bright at (603) 628-8477.


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