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August 06. 2014 9:27PM

Missing Nashua man found dead in Merrimack pond

MERRIMACK — A Nashua man reported missing earlier this week was found dead on Wednesday, his body discovered floating in a local pond near the Merrimack and Nashua border.

“Merrimack police and the New Hampshire Medical Examiner’s Office are investigating after a body was located in the water in the Pennichuck Water Works area,” Merrimack Police Capt. Peter Albert said Wednesday afternoon.

The man, Lucas Urena, 78, was located in a small waterway off Al Paul Lane that connects Bowers Pond and the Pennichuck Water system. He was found by a teenage hiker and fisherman who reported the incident to authorities.

Police were initially withholding the identification of the man, pending notification of family members. However, Nashua police Sgt. Kevin O’Brien confirmed Wednesday afternoon that Urena was the man found in the Merrimack pond.

O’Brien said authorities are still trying to determine whether Urena drowned in the small body of water, but stressed that there is no indication of foul play.

The Al Paul Lane area where Urena was discovered is located just off of Manchester Street near the Nashua border. The body of water is next to the Nashua Fish and Game property where there are a series of recreational trails used by local groups such as Boy Scouts.

Because the Fish and Game property is housed in Nashua, police from the Gate City arrived at the scene on Wednesday, along with Merrimack police, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department and the New Hampshire Marine Patrol.

According to police, the body was reportedly found around noon Wednesday, and was removed later that afternoon by authorities.

“The medical examiner will run tests and analysis, and then they will make a determination as to the cause of death,” said Albert.

Urena was reported missing around 5 p.m. Monday. O’Brien said Urena does not live in the area where his body was discovered, so authorities are still trying to determine what led up to his death. A release from the New Hampshire Marine Patrol stressed that “there is no indication of foul play,” adding an autopsy has been scheduled for Thursday morning.

khoughton@newstote.com


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