Missing man found dead on Yarmouth Port walking trail

Body discovered by natural resources officer late Monday night

YARMOUTH PORT - The body of a Yarmouth Port man who had been reported missing was found late Monday night. According to a Yarmouth police release, a friend dropped off 55-year-old Jody T. Ashkenazi of Yarmouth Port at the Gray's Beach parking lot between 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Monday afternoon.  Mr. Ashkenazi was to phone the friend who would then pick him up in about an hour. After three hours passed without a call, the friend called Yarmouth police.

Police officers including a K9 team began a search of Gray's Beach, including the boardwalk, beach, parking area and marsh. A Massachusetts State Police Air Wing helicopter crew also responded to Gray's Beach, searching the area from above.

Yarmouth natural resource officers joined the search around 11:30 p.m. While searching the trails by ATV (all-terrain vehicle), Natural Resources Officer Edward Tierney located Mr. Ashkenazi's body about a quarter of a mile inside the Callery-Darling Conservation Area east of Center Street, near Alms House Road, the release said. 

Detectives and firefighters responded and Mr. Ashkenazi was pronounced dead at the scene. 

There were no apparent signs of foul play, according to police.

Anyone with information pertaining to the incident is asked to call Yarmouth detectives at 508-775-0445 ext. 2134 or State Police detectives assigned to the Cape & Islands District Attorney's Office at 508-790-5799.


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