Body of deceased man washes ashore in Portsmouth

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PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (WPRI) — Police are investigating after the body of a deceased man washed up on shore in Portsmouth.

The man, who was wearing a wet suit, was discovered Wednesday morning at Teddy’s Beach on Park Avenue, according to Deputy Police Chief Brian Peters.

A spokesperson for the state Department Environmental Management identified the man as 77-year-old Ronald Atkins of Portsmouth.

It’s believed Atkins was a kayaker, as a kayak was found a short distance away. Environmental police were seen removing the vessel from the scene.

Foul play is not suspected, according to the DEM.