Probe of Dartmouth Deaths Reaches Overseas

As the investigation into the slayings of two Dartmouth College professors expands to other countries, friends and family gathered on campus today to share their grief.

Investigators are interviewing people who knew Half and Susanne Zantop both in the United States and abroad, Senior Assistant Attorney General Kelly Ayotte said this morning.

Both Zantops were born in Germany and frequently traveled overseas.

"The Zantops were not just members of the Dartmouth community, they also were members of the world community," Ayotte said.

She gave no additional details about the investigation, but said authorities have received new leads every day since the couple were found dead in their home Jan. 27.

Hundreds Mourns Loss of Beloved Professors

Meanwhile, in the crowded campus chapel this afternoon, college President James Wright told about 700 mourners the Zantops would continue to be an inspiration to students and faculty at the close-knit, Ivy League school.

"Our good advisers and generous friends are gone," he said. "But their lessons remain."

Half Zantop taught earth sciences. Susanne Zantop was chairwoman of the German Studies Department.

"Who could think of one without thinking of the other," Wright said.

Richard Birnie, chairman of the Earth Sciences Department, said he was a better person for having known Half, whom he described as being as committed to learning new things as he was to teaching his students.

"I want everyone here to know — I hope Half knew — that whether we were talking about some esoteric [issue] … or whether we were in Hanover discussing politics, I always learned something from my experiences with him," Birnie said.

Toward the end of the service, on of the Zantops' two daughters stood and thanked the crows for their friendship and support during this difficult time.

Zantops Kept an Open Home

Friends said the Zantops were known for opening their home to colleagues and students. Roxana Verona, a languages professor, discovered their bodies when she arrived for dinner and found the door unlocked.

Authorities said the couple had been stabbed, most likely by someone they knew or had let into their house.

At the memorial service, Verona described how her friendship with the Zantops grew after she purchased a house from them 10 years ago.

"Slowly, we became one family with the house," she said.

A flower she spotted last week reminded her that her friends' memories would live on, she said.

Authorities have said a car impounded at the Manchester Airport this past week was one of many they plan to examine. An employee at the rental car agency told WNDS-TV that the driver may have been affiliated with a university in Arizona.

In a letter issued Friday, Wright told students, faculty and staff that he was proud of the way they have supported each other in the wake of the killings.

"Times such as these test any community," he said. "The outpouring of sympathy continues to give us strength at this time."

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