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Body found in park near Manchester elementary school

New Hampshire Union Leader

October 11. 2016 2:14PM
Manchester police are investigating the discovery of the body of an adult Tuesday in a small park near Northwest Elementary School on Manchester's West Side. (Jeffrey Hastings)

MANCHESTER — Police were investigating the death of a person whose body was found in a park less than a block from Northwest Elementary School on Tuesday.

Police had the area between two baseball diamonds at Cullerot Park blocked off with yellow crime-scene tape as investigators combed the area where the body was spotted around 12:30 p.m.

"At this point there is nothing outwardly suspicious that would indicate foul play," Police Chief Nick Willard said. "However, we will have to wait until the autopsy is conducted for more definitive answers."

The body was in a brushy area behind a large blue storage container in the parking lot at the base of a hill. The park is on Youville Street, just north of where it intersects with Dexter Street; it is a popular spot for parents to wait for their children each afternoon as classes let out.

Several parents said they were concerned they had not been notified. Tammy Ilgenfritz checked her phone to see if she missed a message or alert from the school district.

"Our kids play here. They have their 'field day' here," Ilgenfritz said.

School officials said Tuesday night they had sent a letter home with students about the incident.

The body was removed from the park shortly after 2 p.m.

Mike Doyon, who lives nearby on Reed Street, said he has seen needles, beer cans and other items left by people partying in the woods. "There's always something going on around here," Doyon said.

Jim Gamache, who lives across from the park on Youville Street, said neighbors keep an eye out for cars left at the park or on the street at odd hours. He said there have been burglaries in the neighborhood and the woods behind the park are a popular area for drug use.

"We don't see it but we know it's going on," he said.

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