MA: Police find body of hunter reported missing near pond in Cohasset, Massachusetts

Police find body of hunter reported missing near Cohasset pond (


The body of a Massachusetts man was found more than 12 hours after he was reported missing from a hunting trip in Cohasset.

Cohasset police Chief William Quigley said law enforcement located the body of 56-year-old Joseph Whooley, of Quincy, shortly before 11 a.m. Sunday near Lily Pond.

Whooley was reported overdue and missing by family members Saturday evening, which is when authorities began an exhaustive air and ground search.

At 11:50 a.m. Sunday, the Cohasset Police Department tweeted that Whooley had been located and that “the situation has resolved itself.”

“We extend our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased and thank our mutual aid partners for their assistance with the search,” Quigley said in a statement.

Cohasset police were assisted in their search by the Massachusetts State Police, Massachusetts Environmental Police, officers from surrounding communities and resources from the Metropolitan Law Enforcement Council (Metro-LEC). K-9 teams, the State Police Air Wing helicopter and a drone were part of the search effort.


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