Body found on riverbank in West Lebanon


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Eric Francis

UPDATED: Police have identified the victim as a White River Junction resident

WEST LEBANON - Birdwatchers out first thing Wednesday morning made a startling discovery on the New Hampshire side of the Connecticut River when they came across the body of an adult male just a few yards north of the Bridge Street Bridge connecting West Lebanon and White River Junction.

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UPDATE NOVEMBER 26: LEBANON POLICE HAVE IDENTIFIED THE VICTIM AS A WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, VERMONT RESIDENT.  DETAILS AT:  https://dailyuv.com/news/873634

It appeared that the man had suffered some type of fall but it was unclear from the position of the body whether he had come off of the bridge deck approximately 70 feet above or whether he might have fallen about half that distance from a driveway that circles down from behind Stateline Sports to the edge of the river.

The man's body is on the rocks just below the lower edge of this photo straight down from the large bolder blocking the driveway

Police said all options ranging from an accidental fall of some kind, to suicide and even foul play were still under consideration as they secured the scene and covered the body shortly after 8 a.m. Wednesday morning and awaited the arrival of detectives and a crime scene processing truck.

Officers from both Lebanon and neighboring Hartford took a close look at the man who appeared to be  middle-aged and who was wearing jeans, a plaid shirt, a blue hoody and hiking boots but no one recognized him.

Police noted that there were at least two large beer cans on the driveway immediately above where the body was lying spread-eagled atop some of the heavier "rip-rap" rocks just above the shoreline but they were also quick to point out that, absent testing, the cans could have belonged to anyone.

 Lebanon Police said they hoped to have further information to release to the public later in the day.

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