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Nov 17, 2014 9:38 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press

UPDATE: Police Say Man Found At Napeague Beach Died From Self-Inflicted Injury

Nov 17, 2014 2:41 PM

UPDATE: 12:15 p.m.

The body found at Napeague Lane Beach this morning was that of a male, according to Captain Chris Anderson, "deceased from an apparent gunshot wound, self-inflicted," he said by phone on Monday afternoon. Capt. Anderson could not comment on an age or name of the victim.

UPDATE: 9:30 a.m.

Police Chief Michael Sarlo said there were no signs of foul play in the person's death, however he could not identify the body pending notification of the next of kin. The investigation is ongoing.


East Hampton Town Police are investigating a body found at Napeague Lane Beach on the Napeague stretch sometime on Monday morning, according to a police dispatcher. Police did not immediately have any further information on the person's cause of death, whether foul play was suspected, or the person's identification. This story developing.

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So very sad that these young people think that there is no other way of dealing with their pain! Rest in peace..... =(
By JenEdlyzzwillsmom (1), East Hampton, New York on Nov 18, 14 7:45 AM
Yes, I agree very sad.

I must ask however, is there a reason for the lack of follow up? Is it the police stonewalling, or the press not following up???
By Arnold Timer (327), Sag Harbor on Nov 18, 14 8:03 PM
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It seems to have become a thing for people from other areas to come out here specifically to suicide. Was there a tv show or movie where someone did this, which has caused a fad?
By btdt (449), water mill on Nov 18, 14 10:03 PM
The're nothing at all about this story on the EH Star website so perhaps the police are not releasing any info?
By Rich Morey (378), East Hampton on Nov 19, 14 10:56 AM
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There is definitely a gag-order on this case, I think the individual is either famous or from a well-connected family out here. The story is going to disappear into the wind.........
By SisBoomBonacker (106), Hamptons on Nov 19, 14 11:56 AM
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How sad no matter where this person came from, that they felt so overwhelmed by life that they felt they had no one to turn to for help. This affects their family, friends , and those who loved them and they will always wonder what did I miss , what could I have don to help.
We all need to take a moment and be more caring , loving, understanding of what others may be challenged by and not judge but guide, support , and give unconditional love .
Jeff huettner
By ganset (3), east hampton on Nov 19, 14 12:05 PM
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I ask this question not out of morbid curiosity but out of interest in who decides what is or is not reported. I believe the press has a responsibility to report all police matters in the same way. I want to know who is suppressing the information on this story and why. It seems someone is pulling strings to keep the story out of the press. No one should have that right and all matters should be reported on in the same manner.

I hope someone at Press Newspapers will comment on this.
By Arnold Timer (327), Sag Harbor on Nov 19, 14 6:04 PM
So far, Town Police officials have declined to identify the suicide victim. The Press treats public suicides as news stories and typically identifies victims in those cases. We will continue to press the department for further information in this case and will report that information when it's made available.
By Bill Sutton, Managing Editor (117), Westhampton Beach on Nov 20, 14 3:07 PM
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Mr. Sutton,
Thank you very much for your response. My assumption was that the police were burying this story. I do not believe this is ethical on their part as they should report all incidents in the same manner regardless if the story is tragic, embarrassing or uncomfortable to report.

If the police refuse to divulge information surrounding this incident then that is a story in itself. I have no personal interest in this story other than it has been suppressed. I will trust that ...more
By Arnold Timer (327), Sag Harbor on Nov 20, 14 9:50 PM
Is it any of our business what his name was? His friends and family will know, and that's the only thing that matters, when it comes down to it. Very sad.
By fishcove (39), southampton on Nov 20, 14 7:49 PM
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... the Press never reports police matters in a consistent manner. Read the Press police blotter - half the alleged perpetrators are named and the other half are left nameless.
By William Rodney (561), southampton on Nov 21, 14 11:58 AM
Just to clarify:

Our policy at The Press is to name all suspects charged with a misdemeanor charge or above. When a criminal charge is a summary or violation--lesser counts--we typically do not include names.

Also, it's important to note that we can only publish information that's provided by police--we often seek that info and are denied for various reasons, including some that are reasonable (such as that the release will affect an ongoing investigation).

We generally ...more
By Joseph Shaw, Executive Editor (206), Hampton Bays on Nov 21, 14 12:27 PM
Mr. Shaw,

Thank you for your thoughtful response.

From my research into this it seems the police are withholding information. Since they have stated no foul play is suspected, releasing the information should jeopardize no ongoing investigations.

Isn't this a story on it's own? Why is information being withheld? Is this a favor, a bribe, or political pressure? Why are some people shielded from having their names (and/or any other relevant details) appear in the police ...more
By Arnold Timer (327), Sag Harbor on Nov 21, 14 9:12 PM
It looks as though whoever wanted this story shut down was successful. I have to say it's pretty disappointing. We used to depend on the press to bring the public the truth. That is no longer a reasonable expectation.
By Arnold Timer (327), Sag Harbor on Dec 3, 14 6:51 PM