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May 22, 2011 5:29 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Headless Body Discovered In Amagansett Does Not Appear To Be Victim Of Foul Play

May 24, 2011 6:50 PM

A badly decomposed and headless corpse discovered on a beach in Amagansett on Sunday has been identified as that of a man of unknown race, slight in stature, and between 20 and 30 years old.

The results of an autopsy by the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s Office have so far revealed that there was no obvious trauma and that the head was missing because of decomposition, police said. Officials believe that the body had been in the water for a significant length of time. Also missing was a portion of the left leg from the knee down, again because the body had been in the water for so long. The East Hampton Dive Team had found a finger in Gardiners Bay on Sunday afternoon in a search for other body parts.

East Hampton Town Police Chief Ed Ecker said on Tuesday morning that his department will handle the discovery as a missing persons case. “Now it’s time to just beat the bushes,” he said.

The body was found by a man who was walking his dogs between Big Albert’s Landing beach and the Bell Estate, according to police.

A data base will be compiled by the Medical Examiner’s Office, the Coast Guard, the Suffolk County Homicide Squad, and the East Hampton Town Police to match missing persons reports in New York, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. The Medical Examiner’s Office has already conducted X-rays on the body that determined that the skeleton was intact, and now it will perform DNA tests and make an anthropological composite to try to identify the body.

“It’s up to us to go out now and try to find somebody that’s missing that we can compare to,” Chief Ecker said.

“We have a big area to check,” he added, including Block Island and Long Island Sound. “From my experience, I’d say it’s been in the water through the winter,” which makes it difficult to determine where the body first went into the water or which way it traveled.

“You don’t know if they had a personal flotation device,” he said.

“It certainly doesn’t appear to have anything to do with” 
the bodies found at Gilgo Beach, the chief said, given that 
it’s “both the wrong direction and the wrong sex.”

“We’ve had bodies wash up before. It’s not an unusual occurrence,” Chief Ecker said. The body of a man who had been reported missing in Connecticut washed up on the ocean beach in Amagansett last year.

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This'll be all over the six o'clock news with inane prattle about "police are looking into a possible connection with the bodies discovered at Gilgo Beach."

Look for juicy headlines on tomorrow's NYC "tabs," as well, as well as comments from "shocked residents of this playground of the rick and famous."
By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on May 23, 11 1:17 PM
more likely a drowning victim whose body was not found til now
By quioguebirdfreak (25), quiogue on May 23, 11 3:13 PM
Sooooo.....is the serial killer now here lurking in Amagansett? Does this duck need to watch her ass when walking alone on the beach at sunset.....just dosen't sound like a drowning victim, why was the head cut off!!!!!
By SisBoomBonacker (106), Hamptons on May 23, 11 4:57 PM
i don't believe the article said the head was "cut off" but that the head was missing. big difference. when a body is in the water the face/head decomposes more rapidly than the rest of the body due to the higher concentration of bacteria there.

but what the hell lets turn this into a story about a psycho lopping off heads.

"Where are the 'Beach Closed' signs!!??!!!???!!!"
By CaptainSig (716), Dutch Harbor on May 23, 11 6:18 PM
Thank you! But I'm not surprised that people will surely jump to the more violent conclusion. Not to mention this isn't the first body found in that general area the past couple of years. I say, no one panic unless the ME and police say this isn't another suicide or drowning victim.
By YesYesBub (58), East Hampton on May 23, 11 7:20 PM
Awww, shucks. This would have been some good fodder to gossip about over at the Clam Bar. It's just a run of the mill floater - boring. I was looking forward to the NY Post snooping around town looking for a story.
By AARGHHH (12), Hamptons on May 24, 11 3:18 PM
Just make a joke that Bin Laden wasn't weighed down enough at his buriel at sea and you'll still find plenty of entertainment there!
By YesYesBub (58), East Hampton on May 24, 11 7:37 PM

"Headless Body Found at Topless Beach"
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on May 24, 11 3:32 PM
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If the body was slight in stature does that mean the Police are looking for "a little head"?
By HappyQuahog (5), East Hampton on May 25, 11 6:05 AM
maybe it's one of the Jersey housewives............... they would look better, and maybe they should be looking for big hair and they will find the head!
By mten (1), Sag Harbor on May 25, 11 7:28 AM
Glad to see people are joking about a deceased person while their family is probably looking for them....nothing better to do?
By getalife (61), Southampton on May 31, 11 12:01 AM