Bret W. Cerulli, 27, of Sandwich and a friend who was visiting him from Boston were the two men who first alerted Sandwich police to what would later be determined to be the headless, legless, armless torso of a black man wrapped in a tarp on Town Neck Beach last week.
Mr. Cerulli and his friend had found the torso while heading toward Town Neck Beach from the parking lot around 7:30 PM last Wednesday. According to Mr. Cerulli, his friend had first come upon the wrapped body and had no idea what he was looking at initially, thinking perhaps it was a dead dog or a bass, tied tightly and thrown behind the Jersey barrier in the parking lot.
“He said he tried to move it, tried to press on it, that it felt different, like something police should know about,” Mr. Cerulli said of his friend’s reaction to the body. “No one wants a dead dog lying around.”
Mr. Cerulli said that police allowed him and his friend to watch their investigation from a distance for a while, until they realized that they were dealing with a body.
Learning it was a body kept Mr. Cerulli awake that night. “It hit me about an hour later,” he said. “I was shaky the rest of the night.”