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Nashua police find body in Buck Street home after 911 call

By DOUG ALDEN

New Hampshire Union Leader

July 08. 2018 10:34AM
A Nashua police officer enters 19 Buck St. Sunday morning, where the body of a 49-year-old man was found just before midnight. (Jeffrey Hastings)



NASHUA — Authorities are investigating the death of a 49-year-old man who neighbors said was found tied up and beaten in a downtown home.


Police responding to a 911 call found the body of David Smith in a small house at 19 Buck St. around midnight Saturday, according to a joint news release issued by New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald and Nashua police Sunday.


The death was officially classified as "suspicious."


Neighbors said Sunday that the body was discovered by Smith's roommate when he returned to the single-family house late Saturday night.


"His roommate came out and he was saying ‘He's dead!' He was crying and everything," said Chris Brown, who lives in an apartment building next door to the home where Smith was found.


Brown and several other neighbors spoke outside his apartment building at the corner of Ash and Buck, where police cruisers and yellow crime-scene tape blocked off access to Buck between Ash and Palm streets, about a half-mile west of Main Street.


Benjamin Agati, a senior assistant attorney general, said Smith was dead when police arrived.


"We need to find out tomorrow from the medical examiner what the cause and manner (of death) is," Agati said Sunday evening. "At this point I don't think we can go out and necessarily give it one label over another."


Agati also declined to comment on possible motives, but did say that robbery is one of the possibilities investigators are looking into.


"At this juncture, there is no evidence to suggest that there is any threat of harm to the general public," the news release from the AG's office said.


The autopsy is scheduled for 9 a.m. Monday.

The body of a 49-year-old man was found in a home at 19 Buck St. late Saturday night. (Jeffrey Hastings)

According to a police dispatch audio recording, the roommate came home and found Smith tied up, beaten and not breathing.


Dennis Little, a friend and neighbor of Smith's, said the roommate, whose name he knew only as "Chris," found Smith's body on the floor.


"That's the way I seen him too when I looked in the house," Little said of the crime scene.


Little said Smith's body was lying on its side.


The Nashua Police Department crime scene van was still parked across from the Buck Street home Sunday afternoon as investigators wearing large white booties to cover their feet went in and out of the house, collecting evidence. 


"He was such a good guy. I don't understand why this happened to him," Little said.


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