Body found along Merrimack River shore sparks drowning investigation

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MANCHESTER –– A body discovered along the Merrimack River shore on Sunday, October 1, 2023, sparked a drowning investigation by local law enforcement agencies.

Around noon, the New Hampshire State Police Communications Unit received a report of a body found by a local homeowner. Manchester Police and Fire Department, New Hampshire State Police Marine Patrol, and the New Hampshire Medical Examiner’s Office all responded to the scene.

The victim was identified as 29-year-old Ashlee Krauss, a resident of Manchester.

Details surrounding the incident remain unclear, and the investigation is currently active and ongoing.

An autopsy is scheduled for Monday to determine the exact cause of death.

Marine Patrol is urging anyone who may have recently spoken to Krauss or who has additional information about the incident to come forward.

Contacts for information include New Hampshire State Police Marine Patrol Sergeant Nicholas Haroutunian at (603) 227-2112.

State Police dispatch can also be reached at (603) 223-4381.

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