Man dies in Manchester homeless shelter despite life-saving efforts

MANCHESTER, NH – Manchester Police are investigating the death of a 30-year-old man at the Families In Transition Shelter at 199 Manchester Street on Saturday night.

The Manchester Fire, AMR ambulance and police responded to a report of an overdose in one of the shelter’s dormitories. The response was coded as an echo response, the most urgent response.

Rescue 1 arrived moments later and reported that CPR was in progress and informed that they were working on cardiac arrest. Despite life-saving efforts, the person died at the scene.

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According to a radio transmission from Rescue 1, the scene was handed over to Manchester Police.

Manchester Police Lieutenant Matthew Barter confirmed that what was originally reported as an overdose at New Horizons Animal Shelter in Manchester 199 had received police response and the person was found deceased.

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The cause of death is currently unknown, but the death does not appear to be suspicious or criminal. Lt Barter said Manchester Police were conducting the investigation and the NH Attorney General’s Office was not involved. Police are awaiting an autopsy, including toxicology tests, to determine the nature and cause of death.

Police confirmed the man was 30 years old, no ID was released until next of kin were notified.

The shelter has been at full capacity for a few weeks and around 40 to 50 occupied tents have been set up in a camp outside the shelter. The camp outside was where a woman was found dead in a tent on Christmas Day.

A second homeless person was recently spotted outside in a tent in an area near the railroad track on South Willow Street. None of the deaths were classified as suspicious or criminal.

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