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Unidentified body found by railroad tracks in Concord

  • A body is seen next to train tracks viewed from the Water Street bridge in Concord on Saturday, Jan. 28. 2017. ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Staff photo

  • A covered body is seen next to train tracks under the Water Street bridge in Concord on Saturday, Jan. 28. 2017. ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Staff photo



Monitor staff
Saturday, January 28, 2017

An unidentified body was discovered early Saturday morning near the Water Street bridge in Concord.

Concord police declined to reveal any information when reached early Saturday night. The body, lying alongside the railroad tracks on a snowy path near Exit 13 off Interstate 93, was removed shortly before 1 p.m., driven away by a funeral home van. Yellow police tape was being removed at the time, and two Concord police cruisers were at the scene.

The gender of the person, who was covered by yellow tarpaulin, was not known. Area funeral homes and Concord Hospital had no details about the person’s identity or the cause of death.

The body was found behind the Sanel Auto Parts parking lot, with the circular, brick gasholder building, abandoned years ago, in full view, and the hum of cars from the nearby bridge easily heard.

The area has long served as one of the many obscure spots in the city where homeless people pitch their tents, unseen by the general population.

A woman named Ainsley Croteau of Dover identified the individual as a 25-year-old Concord resident in a call to the Monitor.

No further information was available as of press time.

(Ray Duckler can be reached at 369-3304 or rduckler@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @rayduckler.)