State officials say Antrim man’s death accidental

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 5/6/2019 4:39:14 PM

The death of an elderly male found near a body of water in Antrim last month has been ruled accidental, state officials said. 

The state’s medical examiner’s office confirmed Monday that an autopsy performed on Raymond Grimard, 89, of Antrim, confirmed that he died due to a probable drowning and cardiovascular disease. 

“The circumstances of how he ended up in the water are unknown,” NH Marine Patrol Captain Timothy Dunleavy said. “It was quite a steep drop off. He was out doing yard work and was unaccounted for by his wife.”

Antrim police and fire officials responded to Masquanipi Drive around 6:13 p.m. on April 6 after a caller reported that an 89-year-old man was collecting rocks in the area and disappeared, according to an Antrim police log entry. 

The caller was reportedly concerned that the man had fallen into Steels Pond and that he could not swim. 

Police found Grimard’s hat and garbage can down the hill near the water. Grimard’s body was later found in the water near the dam.

He was pronounced dead at 7:21 p.m. that night, according to the log. 

Dunleavy said his division was involved in the investigation but was not part of the search team. 

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or 


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