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New Details Released on Missing Kayaker's Death

The autopsy report hasn't yet been completed, although state employees say Ann Colcord's death was a drowning and a suicide.

Ann Colcord. Courtesy photo.
Ann Colcord. Courtesy photo.
By Kyle Stucker

The New Hampshire Chief Medical Examiner's Office has ruled that the local kayaker who was found dead on the Squamscott River last month took her own life.

Ann Colcord, 59, of North Hampton, reportedly drowned herself while kayaking by herself in Stratham on June 24, according to the preliminary report filed by Dr. Thomas Andrew. A staff member within Andrew's office said the "actual autopsy report" hasn't yet been finalized, though.

Andrew couldn't immediately be reached for comment. Police have said Colcord had a life jacket but was not wearing it at the time of her death.

memorial service was held recently for Colcord, who was remembered as a caring individual who often volunteered within the community.

"Her calling to make her community and world a better place led her to many wonderful organizations," according to her obituary. "She was a committed foster mother to four children of varying ages in need of a loving and safe home. Her love for those most in need knew no boundaries."

For 23 years, Colcord worked with local visiting nurse associations, according to her obituary. When she retired, she worked as a paraprofessional for public kindergarten in Hampton. She volunteered for Seacoast Hospice, Seacoast Family Promise, Seacoast Habitat for Humanity, and the Friends of Kakamega orphanage in Kenya.

Colcord leaves behind her husband, Jim, and two sons.
Audrey Hartnett July 25, 2013 at 11:05 AM
This is really sad, I think everyone could have gone without knowing how she died. I feel bad for the family having the horrible news made public.

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