Jogger finds body off Route 119 in Rindge

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Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Wednesday, July 11, 2018 6:17PM

A jogger found a body off Route 119 in Rindge Tuesday afternoon.

The Major Crime Unit was sent to investigate and secure the scene, which is a wooded area with a great deal of undergrowth, Senior Assistant Attorney General Benjamin J. Agati said Tuesday night.

The wooded area is located 20 to 40 feet off Route 119 in Rindge about 2 and a half miles east of the Route 202 intersection, he said.

New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald and New Hampshire State Police Colonel Christopher Wagner released additional information about the incident Wednesday evening in a press release.

“This afternoon an autopsy was conducted on the deceased by Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Jennie V. Duval,” the press release said. “The deceased’s identity was not able to be determined after today’s autopsy. Dental records will be examined in an effort to make a positive identification. This will take several days to complete.”

The Wednesday press release did say a jogger had discovered the body along Route 119 and reported it to police.

“A private citizen jogging in that area made the report to law enforcement,” the press release said. “The New Hampshire State Police conducted a search of the area and the deceased was located approximately 20 to 40 feet from the roadside.”

Agati said Tuesday night, the body of the man was found mid-afternoon on Tuesday.

He said the deceased was an adult male, but was able to say Wednesday that the deceased was neither a juvenile nor elderly at the time of death. Due to several factors, including the condition of the body, the deceased has yet to be identified, he said. “We just don’t have enough to identify this one individual right now.”

“The cause of death is undetermined at this time,” Agati said, adding it is being investigated as a “suspicious death at this time.”