Nantucket Leg Still a Mystery
September 29, 2010
The Cape Cod Times is reporting that the skeletal remains of a leg that was found on Nantucket’s Coatue Beach on Sept. 23 will need to undergo DNA testing before positive identification can be made. The identification process could take up to 5 months. Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe told the Times that investigators think they know who the leg may belong to, but they would not release that information until it can be confirmed.
An anonymous source told the Cape Cod Times last week that investigators believed the remains were from the body of a man, but they weren’t completely sure.
The remains of a lower leg, from the knee down, were found on Coatue Beach by 2 rangers with the Trustees of the Reservations, who were making a routine patrol of the area. A sock and boot were reportedly still attached to the foot.
Many people are speculating that the leg belongs to Jonathan Hemingway, who is thought to have drowned after falling overboard in late March while boating with his wife and 2 small children off Nantucket. His wife, Elizabeth, was apparently sleeping the cabin of the 23-foot Maritime Patriot while her husband steered toward the island. She awoke at 3:30 a.m. when the boat ran aground on Cliff Beach. The engine was still running and Jonathan was not onboard.