OUTSIDE MANCHESTER, NH -- Nearly 24 hours after a Bedford woman was found dead in her mother-in-law's condominium, a New Hampshire State Police 'Major Crime Unit' truck arrived at the scene Tuesday morning.
A Bedford Police cruiser had been stationed in the driveway of 81-year-old Norma Quesada's 49 Kensington Lane home since officers inside the residence just after 10 a.m. Monday.
Sonia's husband, Eduardo, was found unconscious inside.
Police were called to the house after family members, unable to reach either person, contacted police to check on the welfare of the couple.
With the permission of the homeowner, officers forcibly entered the location following failed attempts to make contact the Quesadas at the front door and via cell phone.
No one else was in the home when police arrived, including the couple's child, who is reportedly staying with other family members.
Bedford Police Chief John Bryfonski, at a news conference Monday evening, said there was no evident trauma to either person, but a large amount of prescription drugs was found at the scene.
Dr. Eduardo Quesada's current condition is not being released, though sources tell Bedford Patch he is being treated at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester.
The Quesadas, victims of a brutal assault at their 7 Proclamation Court home in late November, were apparently staying at his mother's home at the time of Sonia's death.
"I never put two and two together," said Phil Gabree, a neighbor of Norma Quesada. "I never knew until yesterday, when somebody told me the name was the same. I guess it was a lady who lived by herself in the house, but that's as much as I know. I was surprised to hear she was the mother of that couple."
Gabree said he's not anxious about a potential threat to his safety or those in the neighborhood, but admitted he's eager for answers.
"I think this is an anomaly, myself. I don't think it's a big concern of anybody's, not for me anyway," he said. "I feel sad for the mother. It must be a horrible thing for her."
The aforementioned violent home invasion occurred Nov. 24, when the couple entering their home at about 10 p.m. were confronted by the attacker, police said. Bryfonski described the attacker, based on interviews with the victims, as a 6-foot-tall man who was wearing a black mask and a dark coat.
While the case remains under investigation, the police department convened a community meeting early last month to field questions and to try to allay any concerns of Bedford residents.
No additional information is being released at this time pending further investigation by the Bedford Police Department, New Hampshire State Police and the Hillsborough County Attorneys Office.