New Hampshire

2 Found Dead Believed to Be NH Man, Grandson Missing Since Labor Day Motorcycle Ride

Police and family had been searching for the beloved men, 69 and 22 years old

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The bodies of two men were found Thursday in New Hampshire, and they are believed to be a missing man and his adult grandson.

Jerry Proper, 69, and his 22-year-old grandson, Cody Pillsbury, left Newport, New Hampshire, for a motorcycle ride on Monday at 2 p.m, planning to come back in time for dinner. But no one heard from them again.

“He was going to be home around 5 o’clock or 5:30 p.m. to cook dinner for my grandmother,” said Proper’s other grandson, Jesse Ford.

According to police in Newport, crews were searching for the two missing men when they came across a crash scene in the woods off Route 4 in Boscawen, finding the bodies of two men. The motorcycle that was recovered matched the description of the one involved.

The state medical examiner will make an official identification, but police believe very strongly that Proper and Pillsbury are the victims.

Newport police had been searching since the men were reported missing late Monday night, Chief Brent Wilmot said. They enlisted the help of state police, who conducted an aerial search of the area.

Investigators were also looking at surveillance footage and trying to ping Pillsbury’s cell phone, but service was spotty.

Boscawen's police chief, Kevin Wyman, said pinging the phone helped in the investigation.

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