Headless Body Said to Be That of 20-30-Year-Old Man

A resident walking dogs on this desolate stretch of Gardiner's Bay Sunday found a man's badly decomposed body at the water's edge. David E. Rattray

The East Hampton Town Police Department has said that the human remains found on a Gardiner's Bay beach Sunday were, according to the Suffolk medical examiner, those of a 20-to-30-year-old man of unknown ethnic background.

In a release to the media Tuesday morning, authorized by East Hampton Chief Ed Ecker, police said that the autopsy, completed Monday, had determined that the man had been small in stature, and that there were no obvious signs of trauma. Chief Ecker confirmed reports that the body was found without a head.

A local resident walking his dogs found the body at about noon Sunday in the surf line between Big Albert's Landing Beach and the Bell Estate. An East Hampton Town Marine Bureau officer was the first on the scene; he confirmed that the body was human. The town police dive team was called in to search the surrounding area. After an investigation on the beach, the body was taken to the Suffolk Medical Examiner's office in Hauppauge.

East Hampton Town police are continuing their investigation, in conjunction with the medical examiner's office and Suffolk police. Police have asked that anyone with information about missing persons in the area phone the town detective division at 631-537-7575.