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April 26. 2012 9:00PM

Woman's body found in Piscataqua River

KITTERY, Maine — A woman's body was pulled out of the Piscataqua River Thursday evening, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

Petty Officer Timothy Hoenig said officials received a call about 6:30 p.m. Thursday of what appeared to be a wet suit floating on the river between the Sarah Long and Memorial bridges. About 20 minutes later, the woman's body was pulled from the water on the Maine side of the river, he said.

He said officials have not identified the woman, who he said appears to be in her mid 50s. He said officials from police departments in New Hampshire and Maine are running through databases of missing women in the area.

No cause of death has been determined yet, he said.

“We don't know how long she'd been in the water. We don't know how she fell in,” he said.

He said the New Castle Police Department and the Portsmouth Fire and Rescue Service assisted in the recovery effort.


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