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February 14, 2013

Body of missing Georgetown man discovered

GEORGETOWN — After days of searching, the lifeless body of 65-year old Bob Hedberg was found this morning by local police under a snow bank about a mile from his home.

According to Georgetown Police Chief James Mulligan, at about 9 this morning, with the help of a volunteer K-9 search unit, local officers and detectives were able to locate Hedberg's body. 

"The K-9 set on a location, and Det. Jim Rodden dug into the snow and found Mr. Hedberg's body," Mulligan said. "We were able to make a positive identification using his personal effect. This was not the outcome anyone wanted."

Mulligan would not speculate as to Hedberg's cause of death, saying the department would await the report from the state medical examiners office.

Hedberg was found in the 2,100-acre Crane Pond Wildlife Management Area, which abuts his home, Mulligan said. This morning, with the help of Hedberg's cell phone company, the police performed another ping on the phone and with the help of state park rangers, while utilizing GPS technology, searched another area of the huge reserve. It was there, with the help of K-9 and his handler, that Hedberg's body was discovered.

Hedberg was reported missing by his wife, Gail Hedberg, Thursday evening, saying she had returned home and found no signs of her husband. Gail Hedberg is the owner of The Shake Station on Unicorn Street in downtown Newburyport.

The missing person's report set into motion a massive effort coordinated by Georgetown involving state and local police and fire departments as well as volunteers, Mulligan said.

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