Police: Body found in river believed to be missing Nashua teen

TYNGSBORO, MA (WHDH) - Nashua Police say the body found in the Merrimack River on Sunday is believed to be the missing teen from Nashua.

According to police, a positive identification is still pending at this time, however, “initial investigation, clothing description and the body condition,” led them to believe the body is 16-year-old Jacob Goulet.

Massachusetts State Police located the body around noon on Sunday in the Merrimack River in Tyngsborough.

Nashua, New Hampshire Police officers responded to the area behind Main Street for a report of a person who may have fallen down a storm drain on Friday night.

Someone in the area noted an open drain with personal items on the ground nearby. Officers spoke with several people in the area but no one witnessed anyone fall into the storm drain.

A teenager was reported missing by a parent on Saturday morning just before 9 a.m.

A parent reported that his son, 16-year-old Jacob Goulet, hadn’t been seen or heard from since walking home during the heavy rain storm.

According to police, the parent said the behavior was out of the ordinary for his son.

Police determined the items located near the drain were possibly in Goulet’s possession, based on information from the parent, and that the route Goulet would have taken home would take him by the storm drain.

A search began based on the possibility that Goulet was swept into the storm drain during the heavy rain on Friday night.

According to police, video surveillance viewed by detectives confirmed that Goulet did have the personal items near the storm drain and that he was on foot in the area of the storm drain during the heavy rain storm.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Nashua Police at 603-594-3500.


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