The body of a homeless woman was found Wednesday morning in the Gallows Hill Park in Salem, where she had been living in a tent, Salem police said.

The 28-year-old woman was known to police as a member of the city’s homeless population and was also known to frequently use drugs, Salem police Captain Conrad Prosniewski said. She was found inside her tent by another homeless person, he said.

Her death is not considered suspicious but is under investigation by Salem police and State Police along with Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett’s office. The cause of death is pending an autopsy by the state medical examiner’s office, he said.


Prosniewski said officers went into the park from Colby Street and followed a dirt path near the water tower for about 100 yards before they found the woman’s body and her tent.

The woman’s name was withheld pending notification of next of kin.

No further information is currently available.

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