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  • Writer's pictureJeffrey Hastings

Man Found Dead Inside Manchester Homeless Shelter

MANCHESTER, NH - Manchester Police are investigating the death of a 30-year-old Male inside the Families In Transition Shelter at 199 Manchester Street Saturday night.

Manchester Fire, AMR ambulance, and police responded to a report of an overdose inside one of the dormitory sections of the shelter. The response was coded as an echo response, the most urgent level response.

Rescue 1 arrived moments later and reported CPR was in progress and advised they were working a cardiac arrest. Despite life-saving efforts, the person died at the scene.

The scene was turned over to Manchester Police according to a radio transmission from Rescue 1.

Manchester Police Lieutenant Matthew Barter confirmed that police responded to what was initially reported as an overdose inside the New Horizons shelter at 199 Manchester and the person was found deceased.

The cause of death is unknown at this time, but the death does not appear to be suspicious or criminal. Lt Barter said Manchester Police are handling the investigation and the NH Attorney General’s Office is not involved. Police are awaiting an autopsy including toxicology tests to determine the manner and cause of death.

Police confirmed the man was 30 years old, no identification was released pending notification of the next of kin.

The shelter has been at capacity level for several weeks, and about 40 to 50 occupied tents are set up in an encampment outside the shelter. The encampment outside was the location where a woman was found deceased in a tent on Christmas day.

A second homeless person was recently discovered outside in a tent in an area near the rail trail off South Willow Street. None of the deaths have been considered suspicious or criminal.

©Jeffrey Hastings

A photo taken on Christmas day shows a large police response to a tent located outside the shelter. Saturday night's death was located inside the shelter.

Several tributes to people who have died can be seen on the walls of the Families In Transition shelter.

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