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Man Charged With Murder of Timberland Employee at the Company’s Headquarters

Update Feb. 13, 2020:

The employee who was fatally stabbed at Timberland’s headquarters in Stratham, New Hampshire, has been identified. The company confirmed in an email that it was Cassie Heppner, Timberland Pro director of marketing.

In a statement, Timberland said: “This past Sunday, we lost a beloved member of the Timberland community, Cassie Heppner, to a senseless act of violence. A suspect is in custody, and we are cooperating fully with authorities in their investigation. Cassie was truly one-of-a-kind, and her passing leaves a void that will never be filled. We extend our deepest condolences to her family and loved ones, and ask that you please respect the family’s request for privacy during this difficult time.”

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A Maine man has been arrested and charged with murder in connection with the death of a Timberland employee at the company’s headquarters in Stratham, New Hampshire, the state’s office of the attorney general confirmed in a statement today.

Robert Pavao, 20, of Berwick, Maine, has been arrested in connection with the crime. Pavao was charged with one count of second-degree murder for “knowingly causing the death of an adult female by assaulting her” and one count of second-degree murder for “recklessly causing the death of an adult female under circumstances manifesting an extreme indifference to the value of human life by assaulting her,” according to the attorney general’s office.

The identity of the woman, 46, has not been revealed. However, Timberland confirmed she was an employee of the company.

“It is with extreme sadness that we share news of the loss of a beloved member of the Timberland community. The incident took place on Sunday, Feb. 9, at our Stratham, New Hampshire, headquarters. Police are actively investigating and have a suspect in custody; we are cooperating fully with authorities. We extend our deepest condolences to her family and loved ones as they process this senseless tragedy,” Timberland said in a statement emailed to FN.

The New Hampshire attorney general’s office said Pavao was to be arraigned today at Rockingham Superior Court in Brentwood, New Hampshire.

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