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Concord police: Decomposed body identified as Barbara Harrington

The Concord police have identified the decomposed body found earlier this week along Route 106 as Barbara Harrington, 48, formerly of Manchester, and said they don’t believe foul play was involved in her death.

Harrington’s body was reported to authorities early Monday morning.

Though no official cause of death has been announced, Lt. Timothy O’Malley said an autopsy performed Thursday showed no immediate signs of related criminal activity. Toxicology results are pending, he said.

O’Malley said Harrington was believed to be homeless and had been arrested in April for disorderly conduct. She was seen by witnesses as recently as late July, he said.

Her body was found about 4:30 a.m. Monday about 80 feet from the northbound side of Route 106 near the entrance to the Walmart access road. At the time, O’Malley described the area as criss-crossed by footpaths and near some homeless camps, and he said the body had likely been there for one to two months.

The body was decomposed to the point that officials could not immediately determine Harrington’s gender. She had been wearing dark jeans, a gray T-shirt and an olive-green fleece.

The investigation into Harrington’s death remains open. Anyone with information about the death may call the Concord police at 225-8600 or the Concord Regional Crimeline at 226-3100.

(Jeremy Blackman can be reached at 369-3319, jblackman@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @JBlackmanCM.)

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