On Friday, on the beach at the bottom of a bluff opposite Lenhart’s Cottages in Montauk, East Hampton Town police found the body of a man who had apparently shot himself to death.
Police believe the man was an attorney from Huntington Station who had checked into Lenhart’s the night before, but are withholding further comment until positive identification can be made by the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office.
The police were alerted by a motel employee who found a note in the man’s room that morning, according to a source familiar with the investigation who requested anonymity on the grounds that he was not authorized to speak. The man was said to have apologized in the note and written that he would be found near the water.
Officers went down a narrow snow-covered path leading from Old Montauk Highway to the beach. At the bottom of the path they found the man’s body, by a rock where he appeared to have sat for a time before killing himself.
In a statement released Friday night, police said the death did not appear suspicious. The man’s car has been impounded and is being inspected with the aid of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office.
The body was found less than half a mile from where a Dix Hills man, George Richardson, 50, disappeared in the early morning of Aug. 28, 2012. He too had been staying in a motel on Old Montauk Highway.
A 29-year-old Nassau County man took his own life last October, also using a shotgun, on parkland at Camp Hero in Montauk. Park police never released his name.