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February 15, 2013

Body of missing man found

GEORGETOWN — It wasn’t the end anyone hoped for as they spent days searching for missing Bo Hedberg, but yesterday the 65-year-old’s body was found under a pile of snow about a mile from his home.

According to Georgetown police Chief James Mulligan, about 9:10 yesterday morning, with the help of a volunteer K-9 search unit, local officers and detectives were able to locate Hedberg’s body in the Crane Pond Wildlife Management Area.

“The K-9 set on a location, and Detective 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 effects.”

Mulligan personally notified Hedberg’s wife.

“This was not the outcome anyone wanted,” Mulligan said. “But at least we’re hoping that by finding his body, the family will have some closure.”

Mulligan said the cause of death has not yet been determined, adding that the case was now in the hands of the state medical examiner’s office.

“We’re not going to speculate,” Mulligan said. “We’re going to wait for the report of the medical examiner.”

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.

According to a Facebook page created by Gail Hedberg, her husband was injured in a motor vehicle accident a week prior to his disappearance and was wearing a green ski jacket and jeans when he left the house.

Mulligan said police immediately sent out missing person’s bulletins across the state, asking law enforcement everywhere to be on the look out for Hedberg. Hampered by this weekend’s severe snowstorm, after the blizzard, police and others began what would be days of combing of the 2,100-acre Crane Pond area, which abuts Hedberg’s home.

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