2017-09-07 / News

Deceased man found floating off Beavertail still unidentified

The police department is working with state troopers to identify a body found in the water Monday afternoon on the west side of Beavertail State Park, Police Chief Ed Mello confirmed Tuesday afternoon.

According to Mello, the victim is a white or light-skinned Hispanic man between the ages of 30 and 50. Police responded to a call shortly after noon Labor Day from a park visitor who witnessed the body floating in the West Passage near the first parking lot. Investigators currently are scouring missing-person reports in search of someone who matches the description, Mello said.

A spokeswoman from the state medical examiner’s office said an autopsy has been completed and they’re awaiting a toxicology report, although she isn’t sure whether doctors will order further testing. If that’s the case, it could take up to 90 days to release the cause of death, she said.

Because of the body’s condition,

Mello estimated it was in the water for more than 24 hours before being discovered.

First-responders in town routinely are dispatched to the cliffs at Beavertail because of fishermen who slip on the rocks, although Mello said there was no evidence the man was fishing. He also didn’t rule out foul play.

“There was no clear indication of the cause of death,” he said. “Until we hear from the medical examiner, everything is open.”

— Tim Riel

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