Body Found Inside Coast Guard Boat Identified as Missing Man

August 1, 2017 Updated: August 1, 2017

The decomposed body discovered inside a display Coast Guard boat in Massachusetts on Sunday was identified as belonging to 24-year-old Matthew Amsler, who went missing in October, according to an update from a family member posted on GoFundMe.

Coast Guard personnel discovered the body in a closed compartment of the 44-foot display boat at around 9 p.m. on Sunday, July 30, at Coast Guard Station Chatham. Police were called shortly after.

“He was located this morning in Chatham,” Toni Runci, Amsler’s cousin, wrote on GoFundMe. “He had crawled into an airtight space on a boat for shelter from a recent storm, and fell peacefully asleep and ran out of oxygen.”

The Coast Guard personnel were conducting a training exercise and boarded the boat when they made the discovery. On Monday, the district attorney said in a statement that there was no foul play suspected based on the preliminary investigation.

Amsler went missing on Oct. 27 and his wife contacted police on Oct. 28, according to Runci.

Matthew Amsler (L) went missing from Chatham, MA on Thursday October 27th. (Photo: GoFundMe)

Although Amsler was diagnosed with schizophrenia several years ago, within the past year he was doing well, holding a steady job and had gone back to school, Runci wrote. Amsler had a two-year-old daughter named Emma. 

Amsler was taking medication for his mental illness, but Runci noted that it did not always work.

“Recently we believe Matt had a bad reaction to his medication, resulting in him leaving home,” Runci wrote on GoFundMe.

“It is sad that Mary lost her son, Catherine her husband and Emma her daddy!” wrote Runci.

“We are thankful he was not in any pain, and we ask you continue to pray for our family.”

The display boat was the first motor boat purchased by the Coast Guard. The 44-foot boat was commissioned in Chatham in 1963 and was put out of service eight years ago.