Body that washed ashore at Woods Hole identified

Victim is missing Brown student Dana Dourdeville
The body of missing Brown student Dana Dourdeville was found in Woods Hole Sunday. Photo courtesy of Search for Dana Facebook page.

WOODS HOLE - The body that washed ashore at Penzance Point in Woods Hole Sunday afternoon has been identified as 21-year-old Dana Dourdeville of Marion.  The United States Coast Guard began a search for Dourdeville on Tuesday, December 31 near West Island off Fairhaven. Dourdeville had gone kayaking and duck hunting around 2 p.m. that day and was reported overdue when he hadn't returned by 5:30 p.m.

A Coast Guard boat crew from Woods Hole and a Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod searched from Dourdeville.

The Coast Guard searched the water for Dourdeville for 17 hours, covering 328 square nautical miles.

Although the official USCG search ended after a day, family and friends continued looking for the missing 21-year-old and gathering information on the Search for Dana Facebook page.

It was first noted on the Facebook page around 4 p.m. that Dana Dourdeville's body had been found. According to, the notification was made by a family friend and Dourdeville's former track coach, Bill Tilden.

Dourdeville was a member of the Brown University Class of 2015.

Authorities have yet to make an official statement about Dourdeville.

At 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Falmouth police were called to Woods Hole by a MA Environmental Police officer after a body had been found. Read the original story here.

(Authorities on scene during the investigation at Penzance Point in Woods Hole. David G. Curran photo.) welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on