09-14-2009, 08:09 PM #1
MA - Greg Gabrilska, 51, Townsend State Forest, 11 Sept 2009
14 Sept 09
Police in Townsend are asking for the public's help in finding a 51-year-old man who is missing after a hunting trip.
Greg Gabrilska, 51, of Leominster, was reported to have gone hunting in the state forest of West Townsend on Friday, Sept. 11. After his car had not moved for a few days, police began searching for the man on Sept. 13.
The search effort continued on Monday in the 100-plus wooded acres of the Townsend State Forest. The Department of Conservation and Recreation, Environmental police, North Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council and state police are helping Townsend police and fire in the search.
Anyone with information about the man or his whereabouts is asked to contact Chief Erving M. Marshall Jr. or Lt. David A. Profit at 978-597-6214.
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09-15-2009, 10:31 PM #2
They found him I was really hoping that he was ok.
Searchers find body of missing hunter in Townsend forest
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By Jack Nicas, Globe Correspondent
Search dogs discovered the body of a man in a state forest in Townsend Monday night, and authorities said it appeared to belong to a 51-year-old hunter missing since Friday.
“It appeared that he had been deceased for several days,” said Townsend Police Chief Erving M. Marshall Jr. “He had injuries to his head… it appeared his head was rested against a rock and injuries were sustained when his head hit the rock.”
Gregg Gabrilska of Leominster walked alone into the 3,050-acre Townsend State Forest Friday for a day of hunting. A two-day search ended at 9:30 p.m. Monday when authorities found the body of a white adult male about 100 yards from a trail.
“We still have to confirm positive ID, but yes, we believe [it’s him],” said Townsend Police Lieutenant David Profit.
Police said there is no evidence of foul play or of Gabrilska harming himself.
Marshall noted the area where the body was found, a 30-minute walk from where Gabrilska’s car was parked, was rocky.
“This is very rough terrain, it’s almost mountainous – the elevation changes dramatically,” Marshall said. “The trailheads are covered with rocks and boulders… It’s so thick you can’t see into the woods more than five or 10 feet clearly.”
The decaying body, found near a rifle and a pack with food, was wearing camouflage, as witnesses described Gabrilska on Friday.
Police believe Gabrilska was hunting for “varmints,” like raccoons or squirrels, and knew the forest.
“He had previously lived in Townsend,” Marshall said, adding that Gabrilska's relatives, who live in Townsend, were "distraught."
More than 100 searchers combed the forest Sunday and Monday, including personnel from the state Department of Conservation and Recreation, which owns the land, and Townsend, state, and environmental police.
The state medical examiner’s office is scheduled to perform an autopsy on the body today to confirm the identity and the cause of death.
09-19-2009, 10:58 AM #3Registered User
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Rest in peace, Gregg.
Gregg Henry Gabrilska 51, of Townsend
TOWNSEND: Gregg H. Gabrilska, 51, father of three and a resident of Townsend for over fifteen years, passed away September 11, 2009.
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A funeral service will be held at 1:30 PM on Monday, September 21, 2009 at the Church of the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, 214 Main Street, Nashua, NH.
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