WEARE, N.H. -- The two people found dead Sunday in Weare have been identified as Cheryl Maher, 41, and the son of her new fiance.
Yellow caution tape remained twisted along the road's shoulder near the slate-blue, split-level home where officials say Jacob Geiser, 18, killed his father's fiancee in his father's home, broke into a nearby apartment and then returned home to kill himself in the early dawn Sunday.
Autopsies showed that Maher was strangled, stabbed in the neck and hit on the head and that Geiser died of a single, self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, the attorney general's office said Tuesday.
Police went to the home around 6:30 a.m. Sunday after receiving a 911 call. That call followed another reporting an armed home invasion about a mile away.
Authorities said Tuesday that Geiser killed Maher before forcing his way into an apartment, where he fired a shotgun but didn't hit anyone. He then returned home and killed himself.
Maher's ex-husband, Derry physician Eric Knight, said the police notified him of Maher's death but only provided basic details.
Maher, known for a nude hot-tub incident that 25 years later derailed the career of Kevin Garn, Utah's House majority leader in 2010, was a mother of four.
Knight said the three children he had with Maher were at his Derry home at the time of the incident.
Maher was living with and had recently become engaged to Joe Geiser, said N.H. Rep. Gary Hopper, a friend of Maher's whom she informed of the engagement the day before her death.
Hopper said he didn't know of any problems between Jake Geiser and Maher.
"She liked him. She liked him and ... she was in love with Joe, and as of Saturday morning was planning on marrying him," he said Tuesday.
When Frank Burl, who owns a trucking company next to Joe Geiser's River Road home, took walks around the block, he often saw Jake Geiser tinkering with his teal Dodge pickup truck.
The rust-spotted truck was parked across the street from the home on Monday.
"I'd see him working on his pickup, and it was always, 'Hey, how are you doing?' " Burl said. "He seemed like a really well-mannered kid."
Burl said Joe Geiser is in his late 40s or early 50s. He's a welder who cooks breakfast at the American Legion on Sunday mornings, so he wasn't at home when the incident occurred.
Maher and Joe Geiser had been dating only a few months but seemed very much in love, Hopper said.
"It was kind of funny, because she was explaining to me how she was never going to meet a decent guy, and then the following day, she met him," he said. "She was very fond of his kids."
Maher gained notoriety in March 2010 when she announced she had been paid $150,000 by Garn to keep quiet about a nude hot-tub incident that took place when she was 15 and he was 28, married and Maher's boss.
Garn resigned from office a few days after confirming her claims.
In March, Maher was again in the public spotlight when her ex-husband issued an Amber Alert when she did not return their children. Then in April, the state Supreme Court reversed a domestic violence protective order Knight filed against Maher.
In June, Maher registered a business license at the River Road address for a consulting and publishing company called CAM Productions.
Within the last few weeks, she became the host of a political talk show, The Maher Report, that aired Wednesdays on Manchester public access television.
Hopper, who was a guest on Maher's first show, said her personality was most apparent in the way she rebounded from her life's setbacks.
"She was a young lady that had seen more than her share of tragedy and was able to bounce back and keep fighting," he said.
The apartment invasion occurred on the second floor of a three-tenant building at 477 Concord Stage Road around 5 a.m. Sunday, said Danielle Merrill, who lives in the building's first floor.
Merrill, who was not at the apartment during the break-in, said her neighbor told her later that no one in his family knew the intruder.
But the man seemed to know them, asking for the father, John, by name when one of the young sons went to the door, Merrill said.
"He said, 'Can you get your father, John? I have a tool for him. I worked with him this summer,'" Merrill said.
The intruder then came into the home and fired a shotgun, which misfired. When the father went to find a weapon, the intruder pointed the shotgun at the man's 22-year-old son, Vinny, Merrill said.
When the father returned with a fire extinguisher, the intruder left, driving down the curved dirt driveway in a light-colored SUV.
"There was no communication at all," Merrill said. "He just ran off."
Cody Wilkins, of Henniker, captained the John Stark Regional High School wrestling team during Jake Geiser's senior season in 2010. He said he first heard of the incident on the TV news but learned of his former teammate's death through mutual friends.
Wilkins' co-captain, David Wilson, of Weare, also said Jake Geiser was the man involved in the murder-suicide. He said he heard the news from a friend whose father is close with Joe Geiser.
Both men said they didn't know Jake Geiser well before he joined the wrestling team, that he was difficult to get to know and that they lost touch with him after they graduated last spring.
Wilkins said he didn't remember if Geiser had walked with their class at graduation.
Geiser was "hard to describe," Wilkins said. "If you didn't know him, you wouldn't go out of your way to talk to him. But if you did know him, he was a good friend."
He "didn't really talk too much, and he could be rude sometimes," cracking wise-guy jokes that were often mistaken for a bad attitude, Wilson said.
"He was always trying to lighten the mood, to get a laugh, not be disrespectful ... but he sometimes would make poor decisions. ... After you got past that, he was a pretty sweet guy. ... He meant well. He just showed it differently."
He was proud and quiet, Wilkins said, and "he didn't put up with anybody's ... anybody's crap, for lack of a better word."
Geiser was particularly proud of his rural town, and when other students, especially kids he didn't know, would joke or make fun of "rednecks with trucks, or with deer on the front of their trucks, Jake would just tell them to shut up," Wilson said.
"It didn't take much to make him angry, so kids kind of stayed away from him," he said. "He kind of had a bad temper. If someone was making a joke that he thought was inappropriate, he would tell them straight up to cut the crap.
"He just didn't put up with it if someone was trying to make fun of him. ... I kind of respected him for that, because most kids don't stand up for themselves."
Geiser's biggest hobbies were mixed martial arts fighting and working out, his friends say.
He joined the wrestling team late in high school but worked diligently to improve and sought extra help, Wilson said.
"He would get really frustrated if he kept messing up," Wilson said. "He beat himself up a lot if he didn't get it right away. He was really strong but didn't know how to use it."
Daniel Welch, who lives next to the Geisers, said Geiser was quiet but polite around the neighborhood, offering his help with splitting logs at Welch's home or fixing a tractor for a man across the street.
Hopper said he was organizing a memorial and tribute to Maher to air instead of Maher's talk show Friday night.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.