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Police respond to medical incident at homeless camp

Late last night, the state police were at a homeless camp near Fort Eddy Road investigating the circumstances surrounding a 52-year-old man who was taken to Concord Hospital with serious head injuries.

State police Sgt. Mo Sampson said investigators were told by members of the homeless community that the man, later identified by the police as Paul Tinkham, “had fallen over and hurt himself.” Reached at the scene about 9:30 p.m., Sampson said the police were still conducting interviews of the nearly dozen people who live in the camp, which is in a wooded area near the edge of the Merrimack River.

“We’re trying to work out if it’s suspicious or not,” he said.

The police had not designated the area a crime scene as of late last night.

Sampson said Concord police officers initially responded to the scene shortly after 5 p.m. for a medical call. Concord fire Chief Dan Andurs said the man was suffering from “traumatic” injuries when he was transported to Concord Hospital. He was then airlifted to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, according to the state police.

Tinkham’s condition was not available last night. Merrimack County Sheriff Scott Hilliard said his office had not received notice of an untimely death related to the state police investigation.

The Concord police called in the state police after concluding the incident had occurred on state land. The state police said Tinkham was living on that property.

State police Lt. Gregory Ferry declined to comment further on the investigation.

“He sustained injuries. We’re investigating how those injures were sustained,” Ferry said. “And I’ll just leave it at that at this point.”

Those with information about this incident are asked to contact the state police at 271-1162.

(Tricia L. Nadolny can be reached at 369-3306 or or on Twitter @TriciaNadolny. Ann-
marie Timmins can be reached at 369-3323 or at

Correction: This story has been updated to reflect Lt. Gregory Ferry’s correct title. Also, the name of the man injured was initially wrongly reported due to inaccurate information provided by the state police.

Legacy Comments2

What happened to clearing the bums off state land? The court has ruled that they must what?

I thought the police cleaned that place out?

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