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State police identify body found floating in Hampton Harbor in July as Florida man

New Hampshire Union Leader

August 10. 2017 1:51PM


CONCORD — New Hampshire State Police have released the name of a Florida man whose body was pulled from Hampton Harbor last month, hoping it leads to more information in the investigation into his death.

:Roland Gilles Chiasson, 65, was found by a bridge operator who saw the body floating in the harbor near the Hampton River bridge on July 29, state police said Thursday.

Although authorities were able to identify him after an autopsy July 31, they did not release the name while searching for Chiasson's next of kin.

Trooper Stephen McAulay said Thursday that investigators have been unable locate any relatives so far.

"It's very rare," McAulay said. "That's why we held off as long as we did. We thought for sure we would be able to track something down."

Although foul play is not suspected, the cause of death has not been determined.

McAulay said there were no signs of trauma and medical examiners are waiting on toxicology reports that may provide some answers.

The cause of death remained under investigation, McAulay said.

Chiasson's address was in Hollywood, Fla., but investigators remained unclear on what he was doing on the New Hampshire coast.

According to online records with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Chiasson once ran a construction business in Broward County and was a licensed general contractor from 1985 through last summer, when his license expired. He also had an arrest record in Broward County on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. McAulay said efforts to learn more about him have been unsuccessful.

"When I say we have run into every dead end, we really have. We've explored every avenue that we possibly could and were unable to locate anything regarding him," McAulay said. "We're hoping somebody will come forward after this release."

Anyone with information that could help in the investigation is asked to contact McAulay at (603) 223-8920 or

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