[Hpn] Milford, NH - Officials: Jimmy Carter's death not murder - The Nashua Telegraph - September 28, 2002

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Officials: Jimmy Carter's death not murder

Carter is an Amherst native and 1969 graduate of Milford High
School who had been a highly visible presence on area streets for
decades, the best known of the regionís homeless people.

His exuberance, humor and intelligence won him many friends, even
as his public drinking, drug use and rowdiness won him some enemies,
and occasionally got him in trouble with authorities.
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By DAVID BROOKS - The Nashua Telegraph - September 28, 2002

Foul play does not appear to have been involved in the death of
Milford street person "Mayor" Jimmy Carter, whose body was found
Wednesday evening on the edge of the Souhegan River by local
youths playing in the woods.

"The initial reason to call it a suspicious death was what
appeared to be a wound on the back of Mr. Carterís head. . . .
But (Chief Medical Examiner Thomas Andrew) has determined that it
was a superficial, post-mortem wound, one that occurred after the
time of death," Senior Assistant Attorney General Michael Delaney
said at a Friday afternoon press conference at the Milford Police
Station. "This is now being treated as a routine death."

The exact cause of the death of Carter, 50, has not been determined.
Further tests are required, which could take anywhere from days to
weeks, depending on whether samples must be sent to other laboratories,
Delaney said.

Few other details about the death of the areaís best-known street
person were released by Delaney, Milford Police Chief Fred
Douglas or Detective Russell Lamson of the State Police Major
Crimes Unit. Officials only confirmed Friday afternoon that the
body was Carterís.

They did say Carter was found Wednesday evening by a group of
Milford-area juveniles.

The youths notified police after they "had contact" with the
body, apparently causing the head wound in question.

When found, Carter was partly in the water at the bottom of a
steep cutaway bank that rises about 10 feet above the river,
which is currently very shallow.

The bank is near a walking trail on the north side of the river
behind the now-closed American Stage Festival grounds, across the
river from Keyes Field.

Carter is an Amherst native and 1969 graduate of Milford High
School who had been a highly visible presence on area streets for
decades, the best known of the regionís homeless people.

His exuberance, humor and intelligence won him many friends, even
as his public drinking, drug use and rowdiness won him some
enemies, and occasionally got him in trouble with authorities.

Douglas, who has known Carter in both a personal and professional
manner for many years, called his death "a tragedy."

"Itís a sad day for the Carter family," Douglas said.

He noted that many people had asked him about the body over the
past two days, but that he had been unable to comment until
Friday afternoon because the official identification had not been
released.

Carter had resisted many attempts by family and friends to make
him settle down over the years, saying he preferred his
untethered life. He was frequently seen in and around the Oval,
and had spent time along the Souhegan River, which winds through
the center of Milford.

News of his death produced much reminiscing Friday, including
several e-mails to The Telegraph from people who talked of his
kindness and gentleness.


David Brooks can be reached at 249-3336 brooks@telegraph-nh.com
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