Authorities believe a man found dead in northern Coos County on Tuesday under suspicious circumstances is a Keene resident reported missing earlier this week. Law enforcement officials announced Wednesday afternoon that the body was discovered in the unincorporated area of Atkinson and Gilmanton Academy Grant.
N.H. Attorney General Gordon MacDonald and N.H. State Police Col. Nathan Noyes issued a news release saying that officials believe the body discovered Tuesday afternoon is that of Jonathan Amerault of Keene and characterized it as a “suspicious death.”
Amerault, 25, was reported missing on Monday morning after he did not show up to work in Jaffrey. Friends and family had not heard from him since Saturday, State Police said in an earlier news release.
No further details, including exactly where the body was found or information about any injuries that may have led to the man’s death, were available in the Wednesday release. An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday.
It is not clear when the man is believed to have died. If he is, indeed, Amerault, authorities have not said how they believe he got to Coos County.
Kate Giaquinto, a spokeswoman for the attorney general’s office, declined to provide additional information Wednesday afternoon, citing the ongoing investigation.
Investigators do not believe there is any danger to the public, according to the release, which does not specify how they came to that conclusion.
Amerault, a Milford native, attended Milford High School, where he was captain of the indoor track, outdoor track and cross-country teams, according to an April 2013 article written by his mother, Justine Amerault, in the Milford Patch. He also won multiple volunteer service awards, the article says.
At the time, his mother wrote, he planned to study biomedical engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, N.Y.
Anyone with information about Amerault’s whereabouts since Saturday is asked to call N.H. State Police at 603-MCU-TIPS. (603-628-8477