For Immediate Release - November 15, 2007

Fishing Vessel recovers human remains

Cape & Islands District Attorney Michael O'Keefe today stated that on Sunday, November 11, 2007, while scalloping approximately 19 miles off the coast of Chatham, a fishing vessel recovered human remains in its nets. The body was brought into Chatham by the U.S. Coast Guard after meeting the fishing vessel at sea. The body was turned over to the Massachusetts State Police Detectives assigned to the District Attorney's office and was then brought to the Medical Examiner's office in Boston. Identification was made from markings on the body and from x-ray comparisons.

The body had been buried at sea in March, 2001, after receiving the proper permitting. The family of the deceased has been notified and will make appropriate arrangements.

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