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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Police confirm missing woman found in car discovered on Temple Street

NASHUA – Police confirmed Monday that the body found in a vehicle discovered off Temple Street on Saturday was that of Sarah McCormack.

McCormack, 29, of 26 Morgan St., Nashua, had been missing since June 26 and police recently had issued a call for help from the public after her family reported their concerns. ...

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NASHUA – Police confirmed Monday that the body found in a vehicle discovered off Temple Street on Saturday was that of Sarah McCormack.

McCormack, 29, of 26 Morgan St., Nashua, had been missing since June 26 and police recently had issued a call for help from the public after her family reported their concerns.

The grey Saab was found around 3:30 p.m. across from 103 Tempe St., flipped over and obscured by heavy vegetation, police said.

On Monday, a makeshift memorial of flowers, stuffed animals and mementos grew outside the crash site. The items included stuffed frog with the words “Rest in Peace Sarah,” and a card signed by McCormack’s daughter.

When the car was first spotted, police confirmed it was McCormack’s, but waited for the results of an autopsy conducted Sunday to confirm her identity. The Medical Examiner’s Office is still investigating the cause and manner of McCormack’s death, police said.

Some 8-10 feet down from the road on the other side of a fence, trampled grass and vegetation marked the spot where the Saab landed on its roof and where police walked back and forth while investigating. Some debris remained, joining older pockets of empty bottles and other trash that accumulated over time.

A Nashua man who said he was there late Saturday night when a wrecker removed the overturned Saab said the car was “full of … clothing and personal matter.”

A next-door neighbor who befriended Sarah McCormack shortly after she moved into her Morgan Street apartment a few months ago said Sunday he is heartbroken and has been praying for her young children.

“I’m not having a good day today,” the neighbor, Michael Govostes, said Sunday. He said he believes the landlord of the four-unit apartment building where McCormack lived has spoken with McCormack’s father since the discovery.

Govostes said McCormack moved into one of the apartments at 26 Morgan St. just three or four months ago. Until recently, he said, McCormack was “very friendly” and outgoing.

“She seemed to have changed the last few times I saw her,” Govostes said. “The last day I saw her she was upset … a woman I don’t know was with her, and when they left, that’s the last time I saw her.”

That was around June 20, Govostes said, several days before McCormack was officially reported missing.

Joseph G. Cote can be reached at 594-6415 or jcote@nashuatelegraph.com. Also, follow Cote on Twitter (@Telegraph_JoeC).