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Police seek ID for torso found on Cape beach

Many tips have been given to police about a man’s torso found on a Sandwich beach Wednesday, but investigators have not identified the man or made any arrests, according to Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe.

“It’s generating numerous phone calls, and police are working very hard,” O’Keefe said.

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In a news conference Friday in Barnstable, O’Keefe asked anyone to contact authorities if they know of a missing blue dolly, if they saw any erratic drivers or otherwise suspicious activity in the area, or have any other information that may be useful.

O’Keefe said he did not know when an autopsy report would be completed and whether he would release it to the public.

“With all the toxicology that’s involved, it’ll probably be some time,” he said.

The killing appeared to be “a fairly recent event,” O’Keefe said Friday. Sandwich police on Saturday referred all questions to O’Keefe’s office.

A person walking on Town Neck Beach found the body Wednesday night, strapped to a blue dolly and shrouded in a tarp and trash bags. The man was missing his arms, legs, and head.

Authorities have ruled the death a homicide and do not believe the man was killed on the beach, O’Keefe said Friday. The remains could have been left on Town Neck Beach at any point between Monday and Wednesday, he said.

O’Keefe said Friday that the man was black, between 5 feet 10 inches and 6 feet tall, weighed 220 to 230 pounds, and had a 3- to 4-inch surgical scar on the right side of his abdomen. He was wearing a blue T-shirt with the words “I Got Serviced” on the front and the logo of Cranston Windustrial Co., a Warwick, R.I. business, on the back.

Anyone with information about the case can call State Police at 508-790-5799.

Gal Tziperman Lotan can be reached at gal.lotan@globe.
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