September 23, 2014

Body found in Williston

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A middle-aged man’s body was found in a wooded area off Marshall and East Commerce avenues yesterday, according to the Williston Police Department.

The Williston Police Department identified the deceased male as 48-year-old Brian S. McGivern, according to a press release sent out Thursday morning. McGivern was last known to have resided in Newport.

A hiker called police at 2:42 p.m., Sgt. Justin Huizenga said. Although he noted that police can’t be certain how long the body had been there, Huizenga placed the timeline at two to four weeks.

Huizenga said foul play is not suspected at this time, and the body has been taken to the chief medical examiner’s office for an autopsy.

Huizenga said it is possible that McGivern had been staying there for some time, as the body was found in a tent, with a limited supply of clothing and food, as well as a sleeping bag.

“The area is frequented by our transient population,” Huizenga said Thursday morning.

Huizenga noted that the area is also a popular walking spot for people who work in nearby businesses.

The case remains under investigation.

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