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August 27. 2014 8:58PM

Man's body pulled from Merrimack River

NASHUA — Authorities on Wednesday discovered the body of a man who had been missing, found to have jumped 35 feet into the Merrimack River earlier this week.

Police are not yet releasing the name of the man who jumped off of the Veteran’s Memorial Bridge between Nashua and Hudson around 6:40 p.m. on Tuesday, as family is still being informed of his death, said Hudson Police Chief Jason Lavoie.

 

The incident was witnessed by a couple of individuals, said Lavoie, who added they promptly notified emergency personnel. It is still too early to determine whether the man was attempting a recreational jump or attempting suicide, according to Lavoie, who said the matter is still under investigation.

Those witnesses reported that after the man jumped, he surfaced and swam briefly before submerging beneath the water, according to a release from the New Hampshire State Police Marine Patrol.

“We have more work to do on our end to make a final conclusion,” he said.

Lavoie anticipates that the man’s name will be made public on Thursday.

Meanwhile, an autopsy is being conducted by the state medical examiner.

 

The Nashua Fire Department’s dive team initially searched for the missing man for about two hours on Tuesday evening, but was unable to locate him.

 

On Wednesday, the search resumed with assistance from the Marine Patrol and New Hampshire Fish and Game. According to Lavoie, witnesses pinpointed the approximate location of where the man had jumped, which helped crews locate his body about 100 feet down the river from the bridge.

The body was removed from the water about 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday. The depth of the water is currently about eight feet in that section of the Merrimack River, said Lavoie.

About one year ago, the body of 62-year-old Hudson resident was pulled from the Merrimack River in the same vicinity, but near the Sagamore Bridge. His death was ruled a suicide.

khoughton@newstote.com


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