PELHAM -- A pool of blood, a downed mailbox, a wedding ring, and a woman's hat found in the driveway of a Pelham home has presented Pelham Police detectives with a mystery that needs to be solved, Sgt. Anne Perriello said.
At 8:45 a.m. on Sunday, Perriello said police received a call from homeowner Chuck Greenwood at 199 Marsh Road reporting that his daughter found the family's mailbox knocked down atop what appeared to be a "significant amount of blood" in the driveway of his home and plumbing business, located near the intersection of Mammoth Road.
"At this point we don't have a crime because we don't have a known victim," Perriello said. "But we processed the scene in case a crime did occur there."
Investigators also took a report from Greenwood that he heard sounds of what appeared to be a domestic argument outside his home during the overnight hours.
"Last night I heard an argument about 2 a.m., so I was looking out the window and saw a car speed off," said Greenwood. "Then this morning we found the blood. Obviously, I would have called the police last night if we knew there was blood out here."
The blood is believed to be human; it was ruled out as being from an animal source, Perriello said.
In addition to the blood, displaced mailbox and a woman's thin-brimmed hat, Greenwood said detectives scouring the scene for further clues discovered a wedding ring on the ground nearby that was also taken into evidence after he confirmed that it did not belong to anyone in his family.
"Based on all the clues, whatever happened, it probably isn't good," Greenwood said.
Police cordoned off the site with yellow crime-scene tape and closed a lane of Marsh Road while the scene was being processed for nearly three hours on Sunday.
The Pelham Fire Department assisted in cleaning up the blood from the driveway.
Perriello encouraged anyone with information to share about the incident at 199 Marsh Road to call the Pelham Police at 603-245-2411, or submit a tip anonymously through the department's website, www.pelhampolice.com, by clicking on the "submit a tip" link.
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