Man’s body found in the Piscataqua River Friday night

Portsmouth officials are asking for help identifying the body.

Portsmouth officials located a man’s body floating in the Piscataqua river behind Surf restaurant Friday evening, according to the Portsmouth Police Department.

Police received calls at approximately 6:10 p.m., and the Portsmouth Fire Department located the body at around 7:26 p.m. The subject was described as a deceased white male wearing a grey T shirt and blue jeans.  The body was transported to the State Pier on Pierce Island, where police continued the investigation.

The man has yet to be identified, and officials are asking for the public’s help in reporting any missing persons in the area. The man was described as approximately 5’6″ tall, weighing about 150 pounds, and between the ages of 50 and 60. He has grey hair, a grey beard, and tattoos of a bear on his left shoulder, a deer head on his right shoulder and a rose on his back.


New Hampshire State Police are assisting in the investigation and an autopsy will be conducted by the Office of the Medical Examiner, according to Portsmouth police.

Officials encourage anyone with information to contact Detective Captain Darrin Sargent at 603-610-7549 or 603-436-2511. Anonymous calls can be directed to Seacoast Crime Stoppers at 603-431-1199. Rewards of up to $1,000 may be paid for help solving cases, Portsmouth police said.