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Body found in Laconia River

LACONIA — A fisherman located a man's body in the Winnipesaukee River on Saturday and notified authorities, police said.

The body was pulled from the bottom of the channel behind Meredith Bridge Cemetery after police were notified at 8:48 a.m., Laconia police said.

Authorities know the man's name but were not releasing it until family members were notified.

Asked whether foul play was suspected, police Sgt. Thomas Swett said: &#';There's an autopsy next week.&#';

Marine Patrol as well as Fish and Game personnel were involved in the body's recovery.

David Goodwin, a cook at the nearby Water Street Cafe, said customers and staff were talking about the discovery.

&#';They thought they saw some of the divers,&#'; he said.

Goodwin said he hoped it was no one he knew. &#';I feel bad for that family,&#'; he said.

Goodwin recalled a body recovered a few years ago near a boat ramp about a half-mile away.

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