Mar 29, 2016 4:46 PM

Mystery meat in Epping: dozens of packages found dumped alongside roads

EPPING - Residents of Epping are faced with a case of mystery meat: packages of chicken, sausage, venison and beef were discovered dumped by the side of several roads on Sunday - and no one knows why.

“This is not your average investigation,” police Capt. Jason Newman told the Union Leader, estimating that 30 to 40 packages were found scattered on Red Oak Hill, Rocky Lane, Old Nottingham Road and Route 87.

Jude David, who lives on Red Oak Hill, said she picked up a whole frozen chicken and disposed of it. Among her fears, that the meat might be poisoned and harm her two dogs. She was also concerned the meat would attract wild animals.

“I was horrified by the amount of meat that was just discarded all over the place," she said.

Police say most of the meat was still in its packages and partially frozen, but the labels had been ripped off -- all but one that identified a local store. Police are not identifying that store.

Once the guilty party is identified, police plan to bring charges of illegal dumping.

Highway Supervisor Dave Reinhold said workers cleaned up the meat Monday and threw it in the garbage.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Epping Police Department at 679-5122.

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