Police: Body of 22-year-old Whitman man found in Quincy was likely dropped there
A 22-year-old man who was found dead off Sea Street does not appear to have been the victim of foul play.
Also, it appears that the body had recently been brought to the place where it was discovered, authorities said.
An autopsy on the body of Matthew J. Gatturna of Whitman was performed on Tuesday. “No signs of trauma” were found, according to David Traub, spokesman for the Norfolk County district attorney’s office.
“The cause and manner of death remain undetermined pending toxicology reports,” Traub said.
Such reports typically take several weeks to complete.
Gatturna’s body was found shortly after 7 p.m. Monday by a woman who was walking in an area off Sea Street between Braintree Avenue and Utica Street, near the MWRA sewer pipe known as “the dike,” according to police.
Marks found on the ground indicate that Gatturna may have been dragged to the location. A hypodermic syringe was found in his pants pocket; authorities believe he may have died of a drug overdose.
Quincy police Capt. John Dougan said Gatturna’s clothing was relatively dry even though it was raining, indicating that the body had been dropped there not long before.
Dougan said detectives are attempting to determine who left the body and whether that person should face charges.
This could be a case where a quick police response could have prevented an overdose death, he said.
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