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Oct 24, 2016 4:05 PM

Nashua unable to determine how sewer drain opened before teen fell in

NASHUA — The city's public works division was unable to determine how the cover of a sewer drain became ajar, allowing for a 16-year-old to be swept down the drain during heavy rain on Friday night.

READ: Autopsy results expected for Nashua teen found dead in Merrimack River

Police believe the body of Jacob Goulet, a Nashua High School North student, was found in the Merrimack River in Tyngsborough, Mass. Sunday at about 11:45 a.m. Police and fire recovered the body at approximately 12:20 p.m.

The teen had been missing since Friday night when he was walking home from his friend's house.

An investigation on how the sewer drain opened was issued after the body was found. Looking ahead, the Division of Public Works has committed to measures designed to minimize the unlikely possibility of a repeat incident.

Multiple Public Works crews are currently working to secure all sewer drain covers in Nashua with tamper-proof bolts and locks. They also will be replacing any existing aluminum covers with stainless steel covers, which are heavier and more durable.

Manhole covers in sidewalks and crosswalks will also be inspected. During these inspections, all covers located on sidewalks and in crosswalks will also be bolted with tamper-proof bolts.

The Division of Public Works has instituted a monthly inspection schedule for all sewer drain covers within Nashua. The Division is also expanding inspections of other structures in city sidewalks and crosswalks.

Any member of the public who sees a missing or unsecured manhole cover, or a missing catch basin cover or grate, is asked to report it to the Division of Public Works at 603-589-3140 or by email at

Anyone with further information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Nashua Police Department at 603-594-3500.

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