By Staff

MANCHESTER (CBS) — Police in New Hampshire say they have found what appears to be human remains on the Rockingham Rail Trail in Manchester. Officers responded to an area near the rail trail off of Candia Road.

“The remains were about a thousand feet in from the Proctor Rd gate,” said Manchester Police.

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Investigators believe the remains were of Nancy Burgess, a Manchester woman who was reported missing in 2015. Her death was not recent nor is it suspicious, police said.

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“Regardless of how much time has passed, missing person’s cases remain open and our detectives continue to investigate,” said Police Chief Allen Aldenberg. “While this outcome is unfortunate, we are hopeful that this information provides some level of closure for the family.”

“We know this incident caused a lot of concern among members of the community regarding the safety on these trails.  While it is important to always take steps for personal safety, we do believe that these recreation areas are safe and should be enjoyed by the public.”

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The rail trail has since reopened. Staff