Framingham man found dead on North Shore beach

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State Police are investigating the death of a 74-year-old Framingham man with no obvious connection to Martha’s Vineyard who traveled to the Island on Tuesday and was found dead on a North Shore beach Wednesday.

A caretaker for a property west of the Lake Tashmoo opening in Tisbury found the man fully clothed in the surf at about 10 am, Wednesday morning, State Police Sgt. Jeff Stone told The Times late Wednesday. Tisbury Police brought the body to shore.

Sergeant Stone would not provide further details about the man, pending notification of family members. “The investigation showed that he rented a car in Framingham yesterday morning, arrived at the Steamship Authority’s Palmer Avenue lot around 10:45 am, got on the 12 noon boat, and was seen getting off that boat in Oak Bluffs,” Mr. Stone said. “After that his whereabouts are unknown.”

Sergeant Stone there is no immediate reason to think the death is suspicious. He said the man had no known connection to the Island.

“In 1967, he honeymooned here with his wife,” he said.

The man did have medical problems. Questions under investigation are where he went and what he did after he arrived on the Island.

Sergeant Stone said the man had short cropped white hair and was wearing a blue Oxford shirt, a waist length, dark green L.L. Bean jacket, black sweatpants with a blue stripe and brown loafers.

Police ask anyone who may have seen a man fitting that description on Tuesday afternoon to call Tisbury (508-696-4240) or State Police (508-693-0545).