Homeless man dies under Urban Bridge in downtown White River Junction
Police looking into possible overdose at small encampment
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION - Shortly after midnight, during the first few minutes of Friday morning, a homeless man in his 40s was discovered dead in a tent underneath the Urban Bridge in downtown White River Junction.
Friends said that the man's son went to check on him, found him unresponsive, and summoned emergency services.
"We have a death investigation at one of our known homeless encampments right underneath the Urban Bridge," Hartford's Deputy Police Chief Brad Vail confirmed at the scene shortly before 2 a.m., noting, "This is potentially a heroin overdose but we won't be sure until the medical examiner arrives and they will have to send the body to Burlington for an autopsy."
The Urban Bridge spans the railroad tracks and the White River between the Bugbee Senior Center and the intersection of Routes 4, 5, and 14 at the base of Schoolhouse Hill.
The campsite where the body was found is accessed via a footpath through a patch of woods near the stove warehouse that is located behind the Main Street Museum.
"They claim there are three of them staying there, and sometimes four," Deputy Chief Vail said, adding, "It's one of the well established places that we are dealing with. We have been working on trying to get help for these folks and get them into housing."
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