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The investigation of the slayings of two Dartmouth College professors has expanded to other countries, a prosecutor said Saturday as friends of the couple crowded a campus chapel for a memorial service in Hanover, N.H. Investigators are interviewing people who knew Half and Susanne Zantop both in the United States and abroad, Assistant Attorney General Kelly Ayotte said. 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 wouldn’t give any details about the investigation, but said authorities have received new leads every day since the couple were found dead in their home Jan. 27. Their bodies were discovered by a dinner guest who arrived and found the door unlocked. The couple had been stabbed, most likely by someone they knew or had let into their house, authorities said. Friends said the Zantops were known for opening their home to colleagues and students. Authorities 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. At the campus chapel, Dartmouth President James Wright told about 700 mourners that 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. Wright said the memorial service was an important first step to healing, but that the process would be complete only when the couple’s murders are solved. “I think that we all know that to have a resolution means knowing what happened out there that night,” he said. Copyright 2001 Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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