Police say death at New London pier does not appear suspicious

Police at the scene where a body was found on a piece of land under a pier at the end of Waterfront Park near Shaw Cove in New London Wednesday, June 20, 2012.
Police at the scene where a body was found on a piece of land under a pier at the end of Waterfront Park near Shaw Cove in New London Wednesday, June 20, 2012. Dana Jensen/The Day

New London - The death of a woman found underneath a pier this morning does not appear to be suspicious, police said Wednesday afternoon.

Police have not identified the woman, whose body has been taken to the state medical examiners office to determine a cause of death and confirm her identity. An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday.

The woman's death was discovered around 7:45 a.m. Wednesday when someone walked in to police headquarters to report the death.

Police are investigating what the woman, who police say was in her 30s, was doing prior to her death.

Police Chief Margaret Ackley was on the scene Wednesday morning when police and fire personnel retrieved the body from beneath the pier at Waterfront Park around 10:25 a.m.

The body was found in what Anthony Little and a few other homeless people gathered near the scene called "prime real estate" that can be dangerous to access.

"The pit," as Little called it, is a flat, grassy area beyond the rip rock, tucked, perhaps, 15 feet in from the rocks.

"I've stayed there with as many as five people," said Little, who spends his nights building rock "sculptures" beside the train tracks. "It's dangerous 'cause you have to climb the rocks, especially if it's dark, and you're intoxicated, which, to tell you the truth, most people are when they climb up there, either that or junkies. I usually stay there." Little said he stayed with a friend last night.

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