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Nashua police say man pulled from Merrimack River was a Hudson resident

Union Leader Correspondent

July 18. 2013 1:47PM

NASHUA - Police say the man whose body was pulled from the Merrimack River Wednesday was a 62-year-old resident of Hudson.

"We know his ID, and we have a good fix on what happened," Lt. Michael Moushegian of the Nashua Police Department said Thursday morning.

Although Moushegian declined to elaborate on the man's cause of death until the autopsy results are complete, he stressed this is not a missing person case.

"It appears he was in the water a short amount of time. He was accounted for a short period before his recovery," said police, who refused to release the man's name.

An autopsy was expected to be conducted around noon Thursday, and once those results are available, Moushegian said he would be able to answer more questions about whether the death was a drowning or suicide, or whether any criminal activity or foul play was involved.

A fisherman located the man's body floating in the Merrimack River near the Sagamore Bridge around 3 p.m. Wednesday. Police said the fisherman was able to pull the body to the shore near the on-ramp for Route 3A where the Sagamore Bridge leads into Hudson.

After calling 911, Nashua Fire Rescue arrived with police to remove the body. Moushegian said a rescue boat was used to transport the body to an area that had better access for emergency crews.

The body was eventually taken to a rowing club dock near Crown Street where the state medical examiner met police and fire officials.

After the man was identified, Moushegian said detectives worked with the Hudson Police Department Wednesday night to further investigate.

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NASHUA — A body was pulled from the Merrimack River near the Sagamore Bridge Wednesday, and authorities are trying to determine how the unidentified man died.

It was not immediately known on Wednesday whether the white male found floating in the water by a fisherman had drowned or died from other causes. The state medical examiner was on the scene; an autopsy is expected to be conducted.

Police, rescue personnel and members of the New Hampshire State Police Marine Patrol responded about 3:20 p.m. to the Merrimack River near the the on-ramp for Route 3A where the Sagamore Bridge leads into Hudson.

According to state police, a fisherman called 911 to report that he recovered a body floating in the water.

Several emergency vehicles were parked along the on-ramp to the bridge, and investigators were seen walking down an embankment that leads to a railroad path at the edge of the river.

Nashua fire officials refused to comment on the incident Wednesday evening, referring all questions to the police department.

If the man's death was a drowning, it will mark the sixth drowning in New Hampshire waterways since the July 4th weekend, including the drowning of a 3-year-old girl.

The discovery of the body came just hours after Nashua police issued a warning to local residents, cautioning them about swimming in unregulated bodies of water throughout the Gate City.

"The increase in temperatures has drawn people to the water to cool off, and a number of unsuspecting people have run into trouble in these waters, some with tragic results," says a release issued by Capt. Bruce Hansen. "In recent weeks, people of all ages have fallen victim to drowning throughout the state."

Currently, swimming is prohibited at several ponds throughout Nashua.

"Residents are encouraged to swim in city pools or other bodies of water that are monitored by lifeguards, and to watch small children carefully," the statement says.

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