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Third death reported on street where Nashua couple killed

Union Leader Correspondent

June 28. 2013 1:14AM

One week after it was announced that an elderly couple was stabbed to death inside of their home on Newbury Street in Nashua, authorities confirmed Thursday that they are dealing with a third death in the neighborhood, but stressed that it is not another homicide."Police did respond to an unattended death," said Deputy Police Chief Andrew Lavoie. He refused to identify the deceased person whose body was found on Wednesday.While releasing few details, Lavoie did say the death occurred in the Newbury Street neighborhood. He would not elaborate on whether the death was a suicide or a result of natural causes.

"It is a nonsuspicious, unattended death," he added.

Peter Hinckley, assistant attorney general, said his department is not investigating the latest death."I don't want to get the public alarmed," Hinckley said on Thursday. "It is not a homicide."He would not comment on whether the latest death occurred in the same building as William and Eleanor Grant, who were found dead on June 17 at their home at 37 Newbury St. Hinckley also refused to comment on whether any surveillance cameras have been placed in or around the building.

According to an online telephone listing, a third individual, Carol Hilt, resides at the 37 Newbury St. address, although only the Grants are listed in city property records.

Hinckley said the investigation into their killings is ongoing. Their deaths have been ruled homicides.

"Investigators are doing a fantastic job," said Hinckley, adding much has been accomplished since the two bodies were found about 10 days ago.

Regarding citizen safety, Hinckley echoed a prior comment saying there is no direct threat to the public. However, he said that it is prudent for residents to exercise care.

Police would not comment on whether any arrests are expected soon in the case, or whether any suspects have been identified.

"We have never identified a suspect," said Lavoie, refusing to comment on whether the individual discovered from the unattended death may have been a suspect.

Authorities are continuing to follow all leads in the case, added Lavoie.

William Grant, 83, and Eleanor Grant, 78, had lived in the small Newbury Street residence for more than 40 years, according to neighbors, who described the couple as kind and generous.

The couple had been married for more than 50 years, and recently celebrated a wedding anniversary, said neighbors.

The couple was found dead by a visiting nurse who cared for Eleanor Grant, who suffered from a terminal illness, had diabetes and required insulin. Although police have confirmed the couple died of stab wounds, authorities have not stated what type of weapon was used in the attack.

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