East Hampton Town Police are “cautiously optimistic” the body that washed on shore in Amagansett on Tuesday is that of a Chinese national who disappeared while kayaking in Long Island Sound earlier this month.
Fengquan Guan, 33, of Beijing, China, was reported missing on May 9 by a friend he was visiting in Milford, Connecticut, after he had taken a kayak out on the Sound around 11 a.m. and did not return after several hours, according to reports from the U.S. Coast Guard. His kayak was found in Southold on May 11, but Coast Guard officials suspended the search that night after there was still no sign of a body.
Detective Sergeant Chris Anderson of the East Hampton Town Police said the Suffolk County medical examiner’s office is trying to identify the body.
“It’s a possibility that we’re looking into as we speak,” he said. “We are cautiously optimistic that it would be him.”
He said police believe the body could have been carried out into Block Island Sound by the tidal current and then swept around the South Fork. Det. Sgt. Anderson said on Tuesday that the body showed signs of decomposition but that it was “not advanced.” He said the medical examiner would be able to give a more accurate timeline of how long the body had been in the water.
Mr. Guan’s case is just one possibility among several missing person cases police are looking into, Det. Sgt. Anderson said. He said police have received calls from as far away as San Diego alerting them to possible cases to look into.
“We have to proceed with the investigation,” he said. “We don’t just stop and say let’s keep our fingers crossed.”
He said there are no open missing person cases in the immediate vicinity, but that police are considering other cases in Suffolk County, including those that are not marine related.