Police find dead woman’s body in Merrimack River

Monitor staff
Published: 4/28/2022 5:37:17 PM
Modified: 4/28/2022 5:35:50 PM

Police and firefighters pulled the dead body of a woman from the Merrimack River in Bow on Thursday morning in what the New Hampshire State Police’s Marine Patrol says is likely a drowning. 

Bow Police officers responded at 11:21 a.m. to reports from witnesses that a body was floating past the River Road Boat launch on April 28, Bow Police Chief Ken Miller wrote in a statement. New Hampshire State Police spokesperson Amber Lagace identified the witnesses as two anglers. 

The identity of the woman, believed to be in her mid-to-late-thirties, is currently unknown. Bow Police, Bow Fire and Hookset Fire responded and pulled the woman’s body from the Merrimack River near 588 River Road. New Hampshire State Police-Marine Patrol Sergeant Joshua Dirth and Marine Patrol Officer Emmanuel Scigliano conducted an initial investigation, Lagace said in a statement. 

An autopsy is scheduled for Friday morning. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is working with investigators to identify the woman.  

The New Hampshire State Police’s Marine Patrol, charged with investigating drownings, and the New Hampshire Major Crimes Unit are assisting the Bow Police Department with the investigation.

Bow Police are asking anyone with information about the dead woman to call Bow Detective Tyler Coady at (603) 223-2950, while the Department of Safety is asking anyone with information about this suspected drowning to contact Sergeant Joshua Dirth at (603) 227-2115 or by email at Joshua.E.Dirth@dos.nh.gov. 

Authorities did not say if the body was related to the Concord double homicide currently under investigation.   

Cassidy Jensen bio photo

Cassidy Jensen has been a reporter at the Monitor, covering the city of Concord and criminal justice, since July 2021. Previously, she was a fellow at the Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism at Columbia University, where she earned a master's degree. Her work has been published in Documented, THE CITY, Washington City Paper and Street Sense Media. When she's not at City Council meetings, you can find her hiking in the White Mountains.

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