CONWAY — State and local authorities announced Tuesday there is an ongoing investigation into the discovery of deceased human remains at the sewage treatment plant in Conway.
According to state Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald, the remains could not be immediately classified as a fetus or a child in accordance with state law RSA 630:1-a,V(b)(1).
That state law is part of New Hampshire's Criminal Code regarding homicide. It says that a person is guilty of murder in the first degree if he purposely causes the death of another or knowingly causes the death of, in the case of Section V(b)(1), "a fetus," meaning an unborn offspring, from the embryo stage which is the end of the 20th week after conception or, in the case of in vitro fertilization, the end of the 20th week after implantation, until birth."
According to a release issued by MacDonald, on Tuesday, "Conway police were notified of the discovery of fully intact human remains at the Conway Wastewater Treatment Plant.
"Authorities are in the process of trying to determine how the remains came to be at the plant, although transportation through the sewer system appears to be the most likely explanation."
According to town officials, however, the remains were actually found at a pump station on East Main Street. The pump station moves waste to North Conway's treatment plant.
The Conway sewage plant was closed during the hookup to North Conway in 2016.
Conway District Commissioner Mike DiGregorio said he understands that the remains were found during routine maintenance of the system. He said the pump station also has something of a filter.
DiGregorio called the incident "a horrible, horrible thing."
He said the Conway Village Fire District commissioners meet on Thursday afternoon, and he believes they will discuss the matter.
The other two village commissioners are Chairman Steve Bamsey and Tom Buco, who is also the state representative to the Legislature from Conway.
MacDonald said the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy today.
The release said that authorities are attempting to locate the mother "to ensure her safety and well-being and determine the circumstances that led to the discovery."
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Conway Police Department at (603) 356-5715.