An extensive search of the State Forest off Turnpike Road in West Townsend concluded Monday when the body of a white male believed to be that of 51- year-old Greg Gabrilska was located at approximately 9:42 p.m. by K-9 search crews.
The body was located northeast of the quarry area in the state forest, approximately a 30- minute walk from where Gabrilska’s vehicle was located, and was approximately 100 yards off a trail in a densely wooded area at the base of a large outcropping of boulders. Positive identification is yet to be determined, however the physical description is consistent with that of Gabrilska and police are confident that the body is indeed that of Gabrilska.
A search for Gabrilska began at approximately 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, when his vehicle was located at the entrance to state property and it was determined through investigation by Townsend police that the vehicle may have been there since Sept. 11. The initial search consisted of ATVs, from Townsend police, Townsend Fire/EMS and Massachusetts environmental police, as well as the Massachusetts State Police K-9 Unit and Massachusetts State Police Air Wing. That search was suspended at approximately 11 p.m. and was reinitiated at approximately 8 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 14, with search teams from Townsend police, Townsend Fire/EMS, North Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council, Massachusetts Environmental Police, Department of Conservation and Recreation, and Massachusetts State Police K-9, State Police Airwing, and State Police Support Services. In total, over 100 searchers and support personnel assisted with the search.
The body was removed from the scene by a state medical examiner at approximately 2 a.m., and was scheduled for autopsy to determine positive identification and cause of death.
Chief Marshall wishes to thank all those involved in this mammoth and difficult undertaking, which includes the above-mentioned agencies, as well as the American Red Cross, volunteers who offered their assistance, and support, and donations from local businesses.
The case remains open and under investigation by the Massachusetts State Police Investigative Unit connected to the Middlesex district atorney’s office and Townsend police.