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Merrimack police say drowning victim is missing Nashua man

MERRIMACK – Merrimack police confirmed Tuesday the body of a man they found in Bowers Pond last week was that of Nashua resident Lucas Urena, though they are still trying to piece together what lead to his death.

Urena, 78, was reported missing shortly before 5 p.m. on Aug. 5 to Nashua police who issued an alert about an hour later. Merrimack police were called to Bowers Pond, near Pennichuck Brook on Al Paul Lane, around 11:30 a.m. the next day after a pair of teenagers spotted a body in the water, police said. ...

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MERRIMACK – Merrimack police confirmed Tuesday the body of a man they found in Bowers Pond last week was that of Nashua resident Lucas Urena, though they are still trying to piece together what lead to his death.

Urena, 78, was reported missing shortly before 5 p.m. on Aug. 5 to Nashua police who issued an alert about an hour later. Merrimack police were called to Bowers Pond, near Pennichuck Brook on Al Paul Lane, around 11:30 a.m. the next day after a pair of teenagers spotted a body in the water, police said.

The state Marine Patrol issued a statement later that day indicating the drowning victim was Urena, but it was not confirmed beyond that until Tuesday. Merrimack police Lt. Denise Roy said police are still investigating to positively identify the man as Urena and to determine what happened between the last time he was seen alive.

“As far as we know everything indicates that it is Lucas Urena,” Roy said. “Nothing appears suspicious. It appears to be an accidental drowning.”

Roy said police believe Urena walked to the area of the pond and expect that someone would have seen him given the number of people in the area, including those at two sizeable condominium complexes, Brookstone and Pennichuck Waterworks, all of which are nearby.

“We’re just trying to figure out a timeline from where he was last seen to when he was found in the pond,” Roy said.

Merrimack police issued an appeal on Facebook and Twitter on Tuesday asking anyone who saw Urena on Daniel Webster Highway near the Merrimack-Nashua town line or near Bowers Pond to call police.

Urena is described as a balding Hispanic man last seen wearing a white dress shirt and black pants. Anyone who has information or may have seen him is asked to call Merrimack police at 424-3774.

Bowers Pond is located off Al Paul Lane, a short access road located near the campus of Thomas More College of Liberal Arts. It is near Pennichuck Brook, which runs beneath the nearby F.E. Everett Turnpike. At the end of the road is property owned by the Nashua Fish & Game club.

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