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Investigation Underway as Body Found in Marblehead Identified


Marblehead Beacon spoke with Essex County District Attorney Paul Tucker this morning about the office's announcement that the body found by a Marblehead resident earlier this week had been identified as Michael Gray, 31, of Peabody. 


“We’re waiting for the comprehensive report with the final findings,” said Tucker, “but the body has been identified, the family has been notified, and our thoughts are with his family.” By all accounts, added Tucker, Gray was from a loving and tight-knit family.  


Gray went missing last month off the waters of Salem, and reportedly police and the District Attorney’s office connected articles of clothing found off Salem’s Juniper Beach with the body that was discovered Thursday off Edgemere Road in Marblehead. 


According to authorities, Gray’s family had reported him missing on December 11. Local dive teams searched the waters in the area from which he was last seen, but it wasn’t until just two days ago that his remains washed up in Marblehead. 


Tucker said that until the police conduct a full investigation after receiving the medical examiner’s full report, he cannot comment on events surrounding the period when Gray went missing. “I expect that report to be done in the next few weeks,” Tucker said. 


Detectives from the Peabody and Salem Police Departments, as well as troopers from the Essex County District Attorney’s Office State Police Detective Unit, are investigating the case.