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Human remains found at N.H. wastewater treatment plant are determined to be a fetus

Human remains found earlier this month at a wastewater treatment facility in Conway, N.H., have been determined to be a fetus, according to authorities.

Conway police were notified of the discovery of the human remains at a pumping station on Feb. 5, according to a statement from the New Hampshire attorney general’s office.

The office of the chief medical examiner conducted an autopsy on the remains and classified them as a fetus, according to the statement.

A doctor with that office “determined that the fetus had not taken a breath, was not viable, and that the pregnancy loss was the result of a spontaneous natural miscarriage,” according to the attorney general’s statement.

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The remains most likely arrived at the pumping station through the sewer system, officials said.

The investigation is ongoing and authorities are still trying to locate the mother to ensure her health and welfare, according to the attorney general.

Anyone with information is being encouraged to call Conway police at 603-356-5715.


Danny McDonald can be reached at daniel.mcdonald@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @Danny__McDonald.