Press Release

Press Release Coast Guard Chatham

Coast Guard Chatham
For immediate release:
  • Cape and Islands District Attorney's Office

Media Contact for Coast Guard Chatham

Michael O'Keefe, District Attorney

Cape and IslandsDistrict Attorney Michael O’Keefe and Chatham Chief of Police Mark Pawlina announced that they are investigating the discovery of human remains found in a United States Coast Guard boat that was on display at the Coast Guard Station Chatham.

At about 8:51 p.m. on July 30, Coast Guard personnel notified the Chatham police that they had discovered what appeared to be a decomposed body in a closed compartment of the boat.

Preliminary investigation has not revealed any evidence that foul play was involved. Efforts are underway to make a positive identification of the remains by the Medical Examiner’s office so that next of kin can be notified. The matter remains under active investigation by Massachusetts State Police detectives assigned to the District Attorney’s office, Chatham Police and Coast Guard Investigative Services.


Media Contact for Coast Guard Chatham

Cape and Islands District Attorney's Office 

The District Attorney for the Cape & Islands District represents the Commonwealth in the prosecution of all criminal offenses that occur within the Jurisdiction.  The District Attorney for the Cape & Islands District also has civil jurisdiction in narrowly defined areas, most notably the forfeiture of drug proceeds under General Laws, Chapter 94C.  Cases are prosecuted at all levels of the state judicial system including the Supreme Judicial Court, the Appeals Court, and the Trial Court Departments of the Superior, District, and Juvenile courts.