Investigators Hope DNA Will Help Identify Body Found On Sandwich Beach
By: JAMES KINSELLA, June 13, 2014
Authorities have developed a DNA profile of a man whose headless, limbless torso was discovered last Wednesday, June 4, at Town Neck Beach in Sandwich.
Cape & Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe said yesterday that investigators hope to use the profile to help discover the identity of the man.
In about a week, Mr. O’Keefe said, investigators should be able to provide more precise details about the man.
The district attorney said the investigators will be better able to pinpoint the man’s age.
And while investigators believe that the man was African-American, Mr. O’Keefe said the data also may be able to provide further details, such as if he were of Cape Verdean heritage.
At present, investigators calculate that the man stood 5-foot-10 to six feet in height, and weighed from 220 to 230 pounds. They said he showed no signs of natural disease, but had a surgical scar, measuring three to four inches, in his abdominal area.
Investigators hope to find a match for the man’s DNA in various databases.
The district attorney said he is confident that authorities “in the fullness of time” will be able to identify the man.
Following a request for the public’s help at a press conference last Friday, June 6, at the Barnstable County Superior Courthouse, Mr. O’Keefe said investigators had received what he calls “numerous” tips about the blue Cranston Windustrial T-shirt found on the torso, and about the dolly to which the torso was attached.
The torso and dolly were discovered off the Town Neck Beach parking lot wrapped in a tarp and plastic garbage bags.
So far, Mr. O’Keefe said, the tips have not provided investigators any promising leads.
But he also said that “we’re pursuing everything that comes our way.”
The district attorney said investigators process tips very methodically, so as not to be lured off the track by information that first looks promising but later is not.
Investigators also have been reviewing missing person reports, but have yet to find any promising candidates.
Mr. O’Keefe said that the nature of the torso’s discovery has slowed what is typically a painstaking process even further.
Just the careful unwrapping and forensic examination of the tarp and plastic bags for evidence such as hairs or fibers delayed for hours the eventual arrival at the torso.
Mr. O’Keefe continues to ask that anyone who witnessed any unusual activity in the vicinity of Town Neck Beach between June 4 and 6, or recalls an individual wearing that T-shirt (which Mr. O’Keefe said has distinctive lettering), or knows of a dolly of that description, to get in touch with police at 508-790-5799.