LEE — The body of a 37-year-old man was pulled from a car found submerged in a private pond on Wadleigh Falls Road Sunday morning, according to police.
Fire Department water rescue personnel confirmed the deceased man was in the driver’s seat of a 2018 Honda CRV. He was later identified as Matthew Hayes of Amesbury, Massachusetts.
Around 7:30 a.m., Lee’s police and fire departments were dispatched to Wadleigh Falls Road (Route 152) near house number 295, authorities said.
The car had been submerged for several hours, according to Lee police Sgt. Donald Laliberte. He confirmed a body was inside the car.
Laliberte said neighbors reported hearing a “loud bang” about 3:15 a.m.
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“Neighbors looked out and didn’t see anything, didn’t think anything of it,” Laliberte said. “This morning, those same people came out and saw a vehicle in the pond, so it had to be what they heard last night.”
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Police said evidence indicated the Honda CRV was heading west on Wadleigh Falls Road when it went off the road, struck two large pine trees and became submerged in the pond.
Lending a hand on scene were the following agencies: Newmarket Police Department, Durham Fire Department, New Hampshire Fish and Game, New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, Marine Patrol and McGregor Ambulance.
The accident remained under investigation Sunday afternoon.