PLUM ISLAND — Gregg Frappier, a Newbury police officer with decades of service to the community, was found dead yesterday morning in his car parked inside lot 1 of the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, according to police sources.
Local police are releasing few details other than Frappier was off-duty after working an evening shift. Frappier’s car was found inside the parking lot shortly after 7 a.m. and authorities were at the scene shortly thereafter.
As part of Newbury police’s investigation, members of the state police’s crime prevention and control unit (CPAC) were called to the scene by the Essex County District Attorney’s Office. Typically, a CPAC team, a wing of the state police detectives unit, is called after the death or serious injury of a person.
Essex County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Carrie Kimball Monahan yesterday said that the unit responded to an unattended death on Plum Island and foul play was not suspected.
Frappier, who was in his 50s, had more than 28 years' experience in law enforcement and at one point rose to the rank of lieutenant for Newbury police. He lived in New Hampshire and was a full-time officer with the department.
Hours after the discovery of Frappier’s body, local police posted a paragraph on its website announcing his death:
“It is with much sadness that the Newbury Police Department announces the death of Officer Gregg V. Frappier. Officer Frappier died unexpectedly on 12/19/13. Officer Frappier was a 28-year veteran of the Newbury Police Department and was a valued member of the Newbury Police family. Our heartfelt condolences go out to Gregg’s family and colleagues. Please keep Gregg’s family in mind during their difficult time of mourning,” the message reads.
Newbury police Deputy Chief John Lucey Jr. said funeral arrangements and any possible memorial services were still being decided.