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November 24, 2012

UPDATE: Fugitive NH sought here

One in custody after Beverly search, chase

UPDATE: Late Saturday night, Beverly police searched a home at 18 Dunham Road for Roland Dow of Plaistow, 27, and his live-in girlfriend, Jessica Linscott, 23, who face charges in the abuse of her young son.

They also read a BOLO over the scanner, asking for people to "be on the lookout" for a blue Dodge Caravan minivan with New Hampshire plates as well as a gray Honda with Massachusetts plates in connection with the couple.

Police took a male into custody earlier this morning, according to scanner reports, but it was not immediately clear if it was Dow. There were also reports of a foot chase involving a woman wearing peach pants and a sweatshirt.

According to a CBS report, the man taken into custody was named Roland, but was not Roland Dow.

Dow and Linscott, on the run for nearly a week, have been spotted all over the North Shore.

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BEVERLY — Strong evidence suggests that a New Hampshire couple, on the lam since allegedly brutally assaulting a toddler, could be hiding out somewhere on the North Shore.

Jessica Linscott, 23, and Roland Dow, 27, of Plaistow, N.H., who have somehow avoided capture despite a two-state manhunt that has lasted a week, were reportedly seen in Salem on Thursday and in Lynn Wednesday, according to police.

Linscott and Dow face multiple charges in New Hampshire in connection to the horrific abuse to Linscott’s 3-year old son, James. According to reports, Linscott and Dow dropped off the toddler at Exeter Hospital on Nov. 14. The toddler had multiple bruises and burns on his body and has suffered brain injury and impaired sight as a result of physical beatings.

James is now recovering and in stable condition at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. The boy’s father died of a drug overdose two years ago, according to news reports.

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