‘We have not given up nor will we’: Authorities appeal for information on anniversary of unsolved Andover double murder

John and Geraldine Magee were found shot to death in their Andover home on Dec. 14, 2011.

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A photo of Geraldine Magee and her husband, John Magee, taken in Hawaii in 1990. –Handout Photo

Authorities renewed their entreaty Friday for anyone with information related to the unsolved murder of a husband and wife in Andover seven years ago to “please come forward.”

John and Geraldine Magee were found shot to death in their home on the morning of Dec. 14, 2011, and the night before their Lexus SUV was found on fire on Prince Street in Boston’s North End.

“We remain optimistic that the person or persons responsible for this senseless murder will be identified and held accountable,” Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett said in a statement Friday. “We have not given up nor will we. It is our belief that someone knows something that could help us solve the case and bring justice and peace of mind to the Magee family and the residents of Andover.”

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According to the DA’s office, investigators have followed leads to four states and 20 cities and towns in the Boston area over the last seven years.

The day before they were found dead in their home at 7 Orchard Crossing was “routine,” authorities said. John Magee, 69, visited a construction site in Reading where his company, Magee Construction, was building homes, and his son, John, was in the company’s office in the basement of the Orchard Crossing home until 4:30 that afternoon. Geraldine, 67, had spoken with their daughter, Holly, about watching her grandchildren the next day so Holly could go Christmas shopping.

Holly was bringing her children to her parents’ home on Dec. 14 when she found them dead, according to the DA’s office. The murder of the couple, who were high school sweethearts and married for 39 years, stunned the town.

“The Andover Police Department remains committed to finding the person or persons responsible for taking the lives of John and Geraldine Magee,” Andover Police Chief Patrick Keefe said Friday. “We are asking people to search their memories and consciences and come forward with any information that they may have.”

Authorities are asking anyone with information to call state police detectives assigned to the district attorney’s office at 978-745-8908 or the anonymous tip line for Andover police at 978-470-3864. 

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