New Hampshire authorities have determined that human remains found in a wastewater treatment facility earlier this month are that of a fetus.
The state attorney general's office announced Monday that the remains, which had been discovered in Conway, were that of a fetus that had not taken a breath and was not viable.
Dr. Christine James, an associate medical examiner at the state's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, determined the pregnancy loss was the result of a spontaneous natural miscarriage, according to the AG's office.
A town employee doing regular maintenance at the wastewater treatment facility on Main Street found the remains on Feb. 5, 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.
According to New Hampshire State law, a fetus is defined as an unborn offspring from the end of the 20th 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.
Authorities say they're still trying to find the mother to ensure her health and well-being. Anyone with information is asked to contact police.