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For Immediate Release
August 4, 2019
For more information contact:
Lt. Crystal McLain
(603) 227-2113
crystal.mcLain@dos.nh.gov

Body Found in Lake Winnipesaukee, Braun Bay, Moultonborough

On Sunday, August 4, 2019 at approximately 7:47 AM, New Hampshire State Police-Marine Patrol received a call from a paddle boarder reporting a body in the water in Braun Bay on Lake Winnipesaukee in the Town of Moultonborough.

Officers responded and located the adult male victim in a few feet of water. He was ultimately recovered from the water, transported to shore, and pronounced deceased. An autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow.

On Sunday, August 4, 2019 at approximately 7:47 AM, New Hampshire State Police-Marine Patrol received a call from a paddle boarder reporting a body in the water in Braun Bay on Lake Winnipesaukee in the Town of Moultonborough. Officers responded and located the adult male victim in a few feet of water. He was ultimately recovered from the water, transported to shore, and pronounced deceased. An autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow. Responding agencies included New Hampshire State Police, Moultonborough Police Department, and Moultonborough Fire/Rescue. At this time, the cause and circumstances surrounding the incident are under investigation. The victim's name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. Anyone who has further information related to, or who witnessed the incident, is encouraged to contact Lt. Crystal McLain at (603) 227-2113 or by email at crystal.mclain@dos.nh.gov.

Updated

8/5/2019 – The victim is identified as Benjamin Whitehill, age 34, of Peterborough, NH.

Based upon information and evidence found thus far, it is believed that Mr. Whitehill and his friends arrived at Braun Bay on Saturday. The Braun Bay area of Lake Winnipesaukee is popular for swimming. When his friends were ready to leave that evening, they could not locate him. They left the area assuming that the victim had departed with another boater. The following morning, his friends located Mr. Whitehill's untouched personal effects and returned to the Braun Bay area to search for him. When they arrived, Marine Patrol units had received the emergency call from the paddle boarder and were already on scene. At this time, the case remains under investigation although foul play is not suspected.

   
 
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