Paul A. Nikas, Chief of Police
15 Elm St.
Ipswich, MA 01938
For Immediate Release
Monday, September 15, 2014
Contact: John Guilfoil
Ipswich Police Department Announces Second Lightning Strike Victim Has Died
IPSWICH – Acting Police Chief Jonathan Hubbard sadly announces that the second lightning strike victim in the September 6 storms that swept into town has died.
Marianne Mellnick, age 69, of Concord, Mass. died on Saturday, September 13, at Massachusetts General Hospital.
“This is a terrible tragedy that has struck our community, and I join the Ipswich Police and Fire Departments and the entire town in offering our most sincere condolences to the Mellnick family,” Acting Chief Hubbard said.
One point of clarification: Further investigation and interviews with witnesses has shown that the victims were NOT swimming when they were struck by lightning but were walking up the beach, toward the street.