New HampshireDepartment of JusticeOffice of the Attorney General

News Release

For Immediate Release
September 16, 2019

Kate Spiner, Director of Communications
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Peter Hinckley, Senior Assistant Attorney General
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Heather Cherniske, Assistant Attorney General

Further Information Regarding an Untimely Death Investigation in Auburn, New Hampshire, from May, 2019

Concord, NH – Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald, New Hampshire State Police Colonel Christopher J. Wagner, and Auburn Police Chief Raymond Pelton announce further information regarding the investigation into the untimely death of an adult male found in Auburn, New Hampshire.

The investigation began on May 13, 2019, when workers at a transfer station in Auburn saw what appeared to be a human body in a pile of refuse delivered to the facility. Subsequent investigation identified the deceased man discovered at the facility as William Bradley (age 36).

On May 14, 2019, Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Jennie V. Duval conducted an autopsy on Mr. Bradley, and determined his cause of death to be probable traumatic asphyxia. Chief Medical Examiner Duval has further determined that Mr. Bradley's manner of death was accidental. That conclusion is consistent with the investigative findings, which indicate that Mr. Bradley entered a large dumpster in Manchester, likely for shelter, and was still inside the dumpster when it was mechanically picked up by and loaded into a garbage truck. That garbage truck subsequently emptied at the transfer station where Mr. Bradley's body was found. Mr. Bradley was intoxicated at the time of his death, a circumstance that likely factored into the accident that occurred.

New Hampshire Department of Justice
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