MOULTONBOROUGH — State police say the body pulled from Lake Winnipesaukee in Moultonborough on Sunday morning is that of a 34-year-old Peterborough man.
A paddle boarder reported seeing a body in the water, state police said.
Officials believe Benjamin Whitehill and a group of friends arrived at the Braun Bay area of Lake Winnipesaukee on Saturday, an area popular with swimmers. According to state police, when Whitehill’s friends were ready to leave that night, they could not locate him and left the area, assuming he had departed with another boater.
Around 7:47 a.m. Sunday, officers responded to Braun Bay after a paddle boarder reported seeing a body in the water, according to Lt. Crystal McLain of the New Hampshire State Police Marine Patrol.
Officers located an adult male floating in a few feet of water. The man was pulled from the water and transported to shore, where he was pronounced dead. Whitehill’s friends returned to the Braun Bay area to search for him Sunday. When they arrived, Marine Patrol units had already received the emergency call and were already on the scene.
At this time, the case remains under investigation, though state police said foul play is not suspected.
Anyone who witnessed the incident or has information regarding the man’s death is asked to contact McLain at 227-2113 or Crystal.McLain@dos.nh.gov.