Body on L.I. Beach Is a Man

By Shiba Russell
|  Tuesday, May 24, 2011  |  Updated 10:17 AM EDT
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Police say a badly decomposed body found washed up on an eastern Long Island beach is an unidentified man.

East Hampton Town Police Chief Ed Ecker said Tuesday an autopsy determined the victim was between 20 and 30 and small in stature. His race was unknown.

Ecker had said earlier that the body was missing some parts and may have been in the Atlantic Ocean since the winter, or longer.

Tom Walcott was walking on the beach at Gardiners Bay when he noticed what looked like human remains.

"It had no head, the rib cage was exposed," Walcott said.

The grisly find was made along the shorefront about 100 miles east of an area near Jones Beach where 10 sets of human remains have been found since December.   

Suffolk County homicide detectives were investigating, but Ecker says that does not necessarily indicate foul play.     

He says he does not believe there is any connection to the bodies found since December.

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