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Woman's body found in Merrimack River in Manchester

MANCHESTER — A passerby discovered a body of a woman in the Merrimack River on Saturday morning, police said.

&#';It appears someone had discovered a body partially submerged in the Merrimack River by Jillian&#';s,&#'; Lt. James Soucy said.

Detectives are investigating the discovery in the Millyard around 6:55 a.m.

The state Attorney General&#';s Office hadn&#';t been called in by mid-morning, he said.

The body was taken to the state medical examiner&#';s office in Concord for an autopsy, Soucy said.

Michael O&#';Brien, who works for O&#';Brien&#';s Outdoor Services in Bedford, said he showed up around 7 a.m. to do landscaping work and saw police cruisers, a fire truck and an ambulance.

&#';We were told not to go back there&#'; near the Granite Street Bridge, he said.

After hearing someone found a body, O&#';Brien said, &#';Obviously, that&#';s a shocker.&#';

Last year, he said his boss found someone badly beaten up in the same general area.

&#';I guess it&#';s not that unusual for things like that to occur down there,&#'; he said.

On Thursday afternoon, a passerby in Nashua spotted a body found partially submerged in the Nashua River. Police haven&#';t released the man&#';s name but said it could be that of a 43-year-old man reported missing in February.

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