Update: Authorities trying to identify body found in Contoocook River in Penacook

Monitor staff
Monday, July 09, 2018

Authorities are still working to identify a man who was found dead Sunday afternoon in a shallow portion of the Contoocook River in Penacook.

The man, described by state Marine Patrol as a middle-aged white male, was found unresponsive by a passer-by in the area not far from Island Shores Estates. The man found was pronounced dead at the scene

Concord police Sgt. Rob Buelte said two city officers and a sergeant responded to a 911 call about 4:10 p.m. Marine Patrol, a division of the New Hampshire State Police, was also notified and dispatched officers to the scene, which was secured by Concord police until their arrival more than an hour later.

Due to the steep terrain of the river bank, emergency crews had some difficulty carrying out recovery efforts, Concord fire Chief Dan Andrus said. Firefighters responded to the area of Vinton Drive with an engine, ambulance and boat just after 4 p.m. Ultimately, they were able to get the boat into the river in order to move the body closer to shore for a follow-up investigation, he said.

“When that was completed, the companies returned to the scene at 7:19 p.m. to remove the body and transport it up the embankment,” Andrus said.

Buelte said authorities had no reason to believe the man’s death is suspicious. City officers assisted Marine Patrol, which investigates all suspected drownings in the state, and they remained at the river until about 9:30 p.m.

According to police, the man was wearing red-and-black swim trunks and a gray sleeveless T-shirt. He has an American flag tattoo on his right biceps and a blue tattoo that possibly includes names on his left biceps. He was also wearing a red bracelet with the words, “In Memory of Papa Weed.”

The state medical examiner’s office was scheduled to perform an autopsy Monday. As of midafternoon, Marine Patrol said they had no new information to share with the public.

Police ask anyone with information to call Marine Patrol Officer Scott McLain at 227-2118.

(Alyssa Dandrea can be reached at 369-3319, adandrea@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @_ADandrea.)