SANDWICH, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com/AP) — Authorities on Cape Cod are sifting through tips and continuing to appeal for public help to identify a decapitated, mutilated body found wrapped in a tarp on a Sandwich beach Wednesday night.
Over the weekend, police were going door to door, interviewing nearby residents asking if they had seen anything. Police asked at least one man about video from surveillance cameras he owns, but the cameras were pointed in the wrong direction.
Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O'Keefe said at a news conference Friday the legless, armless body appears to be a black man around 6 feet tall, weighing 220 to 230 pounds.
He said the man was wearing black sweat-type pants and a dark blue t-shirt with lettering promoting a Warwick, Rhode Island company. The t-shirt reportedly said, I got serviced, on the front and, Cranston Windustrial, on the back. The company produces thousands of shirts for vendors and customers, officials say, and they believe the victim's shirt was about 6 to 8 years old.
The body has an old surgical scar on the right side of the abdomen and was found attached to a moving dolly.
A passer-by found the body at Town Neck Beach. O'Keefe said the victim likely was killed elsewhere and dumped at the beach. He believes it was a “recent event.”
When asked about the cause of death, the DA said, “Well I suppose any one of the injuries to the torso would result in death if left unattended.”
Authorities are asking anyone who may have been in the area of the beach from Monday to Wednesday to report any suspicious vehicles, erratic operation or activity they may have noticed by calling 508-790-5799.
The investigation remains ongoing.