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White’s death remains a mystery

Thursday, October 4, 2012

By KATHY CLEVELAND

Staff Writer

MILFORD – It has been nearly two months since the body of Lorinda White was discovered behind the Jacques School after a five-day search.

No cause of death has been announced, and Milford Police say they are waiting for a report from the state medical examiner’s office, which is part of the state Department of Justice.

The 51-year-old Milford woman went missing from the house she shared with her boyfriend, William Pillsbury, on Aug. 5, promoting a search that involved police, neighbors and friends and family from New Hampshire and Maine.

On Tuesday the woman who answered the phone at the medical examiner’s office and who only gave her first name, Lynn, said they have to wait for tests to come back before determining the cause of death. Normally testing takes six to eight weeks, she said.

There is no backlog in the medical examiner’s office, and this case is following standard procedures, she said.

“This is not unusual,” she said, and the time a case takes depends upon the case and the kinds of tests doctors had ordered.

Once test results come back the only information the state can release is the cause and manner of death, she said.

White’s body was found Aug. 10, but police did not officially identify it as the missing woman’s until six days later and they have released no further information on how or how she died or whether she was the victim of foul play.

Police did say their investigation has led them to believe there is no danger to the community and no cause for concern among residents.

White reportedly walked away from her home barefoot, without her cell phone or purse. Pillsbury said she had been acting strangely and left the house that Sunday morning as he and her two sons were getting ready to talk to her about her brief disappearance two days prior to Aug. 5 when she drove to Maine and back.

Pillsbury could not be reached for comment.

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