Police Still Investigating Town Neck Body Case

Police are still in the process of investigating the case of a mutilated body found at Town Neck Beach on Wednesday, June 4.

Cape & Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe said that tips continue to come in from people who may have a lead for investigators to follow.

“The police are following up on every piece of information,” Mr. O’Keefe said. “The investigation is continuing.”

He was unable to comment on many aspects of the case at this time and could not provide any further information on the identity or age of the victim. Mr. O’Keefe was also unable to provide any details about whether the victim had any alcohol or drugs in his system at the time of his death.

“We may come back to the public with more information in the near term,” he said. “But we are waiting for more test results to come back.”

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On June 4, Sandwich police were alerted to a suspicious item behind a Jersey barrier in the parking lot of Town Neck Beach by Bret W. Cerulli, 27, of Sandwich and his friend. Investigation determined that the item was a mutilated dead body that had been affixed to a dolly and wrapped in a tarp.

Law enforcement officials asked the public for help in the case last Friday, June 6, at a press conference that was held at Barnstable Superior Court House. Mr. O’Keefe appealed to anyone in New England who could help identify the African-American man, who was wearing a blue promotional T-shirt distributed by the Cranston Windustrial business of Warwick, Rhode Island.

Photographs of the front and back of the T-shirt, as well as of the dolly, were distributed to the media to share with the public.

When the body was found, it was missing its head, both arms, and both legs, which Mr. O’Keefe said compromised the authorities’ usual methods of identifying a deceased person, through fingerprints and dental records. According to Mr. O’Keefe, the man had died close to the time his body was discovered, but he did not provide a more precise time frame.

Officials estimate that the man was 70 to 72 inches tall and weighed between 220 and 230 pounds. They also said that there were no signs of natural disease but that the body had a three- to four-inch surgical scar on his abdomen.

Mr. O’Keefe did not directly address the cause of death at the press conference, only saying that any of the injuries to the torso would have been fatal ones and that there were no additional signs of injury on the torso.

The district attorney said at the press conference that the body had been transported to Town Neck Beach and discarded behind the Jersey barrier in the parking lot. Because of this, the location is being treated by investigators as a secondary crime scene.

No public determination has been made regarding where the man died, but no place has been ruled out. While officials are asking New England residents for their help with the case, there is the possibility that the man died outside of the region or possibly elsewhere on Cape Cod, according to Mr. O’Keefe.

According to a statement made by Sandwich Police Chief Peter N. Wack at the press conference, the case has not put the residents of Sandwich in any danger.

Residents of New England who may recognize the T-shirt the man was found wearing, or the dolly found with the body, are urged to contact police at 508-790-5799.

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