Authorities have identified the deceased body found in the harbor at Long Wharf as missing person, Eric Munsell, a 24-year-old North End resident who had not been seen since February 8th. He was a recent Boston University graduate and working as an engineer at General Electric. The identification was made public on Thursday afternoon by the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office.
A “non-viable male” body was pulled from the harbor on Wednesday afternoon, according to the Boston Fire Department. The body was sighted in the water by a passerby on the north side of Long Wharf facing Christopher Columbus Park and Commercial Wharf.
Firefighters recovered a non-viable male. @bostonpolice now on scene to investigate. Fire companies clearing at 12:50pn
— Boston Fire Dept. (@BostonFire) April 23, 2014
Munsell was a Margaret Street resident that went missing after a night out in downtown Boston to celebrate his birthday. Earlier that evening, Munsell was with friends before being escorted out from Market Lounge on Broad Street.
Video footage near Long Wharf indicated the area was near his last whereabouts, according to Boston Police Lt. Detective Chuck Wilson who spoke about the case at a public safety meeting. In addition, Eric’s father spoke at a March candlelight vigil noting that “Eric would come to the water to think.”
An investigation continues, although the Suffolk County DA’s office said they currently have no signs of foul play.
Many people have inadvertently fallen into the harbor in the Long Wharf waterfront area. In 2010, 25-year-old Eugene Losik also went missing in a similar case and his body was later found in the harbor. Officials have discussed changes to the perimeter chains at Long Wharf that would increase safety especially at night.