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New Hampshire

December 23, 2011

Woman found dead in Windham was Salem High graduate

WINDHAM — Ellie Morin, 20, looked forward to resuming classes at the University of New Hampshire next month.

But the young Windham woman was found dead in a Bear Hill Road home Thursday. Police said the death may be drug related.

"She was not a resident of the home," Windham police Capt. Carl Wagner said. "She lives in Windham. She was not a relative" of the homeowners.

Morin's death was classified as untimely, pending an autopsy and toxicology tests. "The investigation is ongoing," Wagner said.

A friend said Morin was visiting the home of Robert and Mary Ann Ida on Bear Hill Road, but did not know why. A neighbor said Ellie Morin had spent the night at the home.

The Salem High School graduate was the daughter of Patricia and Scott Morin of Windham.

Relatives gathered at the Morin family home yesterday afternoon, but said they were not prepared to speak about their loss.

"She was a brilliant young girl," said Tom Neel, a friend. "She was a genuine young woman. She was such a solid human."

Morin had many friends, according to several who spoke of her yesterday. "She was well liked," said Kate Moritz, another friend.

She loved to play soccer as a young girl, a family friend said yesterday. "She's a very sweet girl, a little reserved," the friend said.

A man who answered the door of the Ida home yesterday afternoon said he would respectfully decline to comment about the incident.

Police, fire personnel and the Southeastern New Hampshire Hazardous Materials Mutual Aid District were at the home for hours Wednesday.

Police and firefighters were initially called to the home at about 11:30 a.m. for a medical emergency. Police later obtained a warrant and searched the property as part of their investigation. Based on what was recovered, the Southeastern New Hampshire Hazardous Materials Mutual Aid District was called to the address.

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