Body found inside decommissioned Coast Guard boat in Chatham

A decomposed body was found inside this decommissioned Coast Guard boat Sunday night in front of the Chatham Coast Guard station

Matthew Amsler

CHATHAM – The Coast Guard and State and Chatham Police are investigating the discovery of a body in a retired Coast Guard boat in front of Station Chatham.

A Coast Guard spokesperson said the body, in a decomposed state, was located Sunday night inside the 44-foot motorboat on display on the lawn.

The body has been identified by friends and family on social media as Matthew Amsler, 24, who was last seen in the area of Lighthouse Beach last October.

According to a statement from Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe, the body was found at 8:51 p.m. in a closed compartment of the boat. He said there did not appear to be any signs of foul play.

The circumstances surrounding how he got into the boat remain under investigation.

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