New Hampshire authorities are trying to figure out how the intact human remains of a fetus or a child ended up at a wastewater treatment facility in Conway.
A town employee doing regular maintenance at the wastewater treatment facility on Main Street found the remains Tuesday, according to the attorney general.
Authorities are trying to figure out the circumstances leading to the discovery. Although investigators don’t know why, they think they know how the remains ended up at the plant.
“Right now, it appears that they were likely transported through the sewer system,” said Associate New Hampshire Attorney General Jeff Strelzin.
He spoke with NBC10 Boston on the phone from his office in Concord, saying the remains are now with the state’s Chief Medical Examiner who will perform an autopsy.
Strelzin said those results will help determine whether the remains were that of a child or a fetus.
According to New Hampshire State law, a fetus is defined as an unborn offspring from the end of the twentieth week after conception - until birth.
As authorities try to piece together what happened, the limited information is still sparking a passionate conversation in Conway.
“It’s a child, first of all, and sounds like someone was callous enough to abandon this fetus,” said Thomas Montgomery who was visiting North Conway from Massachusetts.
“I’m appalled that someone would do something like that,” said Jean Tancrede.
Resident Paul Graham agreed.
“I think times are changing and people are not as concerned about human life as they once were,” he said.
Strelzin says it’s a priority to locate the mother to ensure her well-being. If you know anything, you should contact your local police department.