A 74-year-old Framingham man was found dead in the ocean near Lake Tashmoo Wednesday morning, according to state police.
The man was found by a property caretaker at about 10 a.m. west of the Lake Tashmoo opening, state police Sgt. Jeffrey Stone said. While police are still investigating the circumstances of his death, Sergeant Stone said it does not appear to be suspicious and it appears the man drowned.
The police are not yet releasing the man’s name. Sergeant Stone said the man had medical problems, including Parkinson’s disease and dementia.
The man was fully clothed in dark blue sweatpants, a green L.L. Bean jacket, a button-up blue shirt and brown loafers, Sergeant Stone said. Tisbury police and state police responded and removed the body, and the medical examiner will conduct an autopsy.
Sergeant Stone said police looked at Steamship Authority information and credit card records and found that the man rented a car in Framingham on Tuesday morning and parked his car at the Palmer avenue parking lot in Falmouth at 10:41 a.m. He was on the noon ferry from Woods Hole to Oak Bluffs.
Sergeant Stone said the man then went to the Lookout Tavern, which is close to the Oak Bluffs ferry terminal, and was there at about 1:15 p.m. Tuesday. “After that we have nothing further,” he said. The man came to the Vineyard for his honeymoon in 1967, Sergeant Stone said. It is not clear why he came to the Island Tuesday. “His family had no idea why he came to the Vineyard,” he said. “It was not a scheduled trip.”
The death is not suspicious at this time, Sergeant Stone said. “He did not have obvious signs of any trauma,” he said, and it initially appeared that he had drowned and had been in the water overnight.
The incident is still under investigation.