Updated to include additional information from the District Attorney’s Office

Foul play seems unlikely in Village Motel death

Nov 17, 2021

Foul play does not appear to have played a role in the death of a 31-year-old man who was found unresponsive in a room at the Village Hotel early on Wednesday, Nov. 17. 

The man was found by a person who was performing a well-being check around 8 a.m. on Nov. 17, according to a press release from the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office. The man was pronounced dead on the scene. 

Wareham Police and the Massachusetts State Police Detectives Unit assigned to the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office launched an investigation, which is still ongoing. The District Attorney’s office said investigators “canvassed the area for witnesses, collected surveillance footage and conducted numerous interviews.”

Police cars and a number of other vehicles were parked in the neighboring Village Motel and Gateway Graphics parking lots, prompting questions on social media about the commotion. 

By noon, the motel parking lot, located at 2739 Cranberry Highway, was sealed off with yellow police tape. At about 12:30 p.m., Police Chief Walter Correia confirmed that the investigation was ongoing. 

“It sounds like, at this point, they think it might have been a suicide,” Correia said.

Correia said investigators were able to get in touch with someone who knew the 31-year-old. The man had reportedly made comments about harming himself in recent days.

Any further information would be provided by the District Attorney’s Office, Correia said. 

Correia said it could still be several hours before the scene is cleared — it primarily depends on the Medical Examiner’s office.

At 3:30 p.m., the District Attorney’s Office issued another statement, saying that the investigation, which was classified as “an unattended death investigation,” is still active. The state’s Chief Medical Examiner will determine the cause and manner of death, the statement said. 

In the U.S., the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is at 800-273-8255 and online chat support is also available. Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a crisis counselor from anywhere in the U.S. at any time, about any type of crisis. Support is also available in Spanish: Envía un mensaje de texto con la palabra AYUDA al 741741 para comunicarte de manera gratuita con un consejero de crisis.