HOPKINTON, Rhode Island – The body of a British tourist last seen two months ago was found buried in a shallow grave in a wooded area here after another man's suicide note led them to the body, state police confirmed Wednesday.
Adrian Exley, 32, of London, was last seen on April 24 at a train station in Swampscott, Massachusetts. His body was identified Wednesday with dental records by the state medical examiner's office, Rhode Island State Police Capt. Stephen Lynch said.
Investigators did not yet know Exley's cause of death and were still awaiting the results of an autopsy, Lynch said.
Authorities believe Exley's disappearance is connected to the suicide of Gary Leblanc, 48, a Massachusetts resident who Exley met via the Internet and who killed himself last week in a Wal-Mart parking lot in Claremont, New Hampshire.
Leblanc left a suicide note that led police Monday night to Exley's body, which was buried in a shallow grave about 50 yards (46 meters) off a road in a heavily wooded area.
"They had specific information of where it was," said Major Steven O'Donnell, a spokesman for Rhode Island State Police. "They had to dig a little bit to get to the body."
Police said Exley arrived at Logan International Airport in Boston on April 20 for a weeklong trip to visit Leblanc, who police described as an acquaintance of Exley's.
Before leaving his home in London, Exley told his family he would be staying in the Boston area. Exley's family contacted Boston police after he did not board his return flight to England and did not contact them, which they said was uncharacteristic of him. Police said that the contact number Exley left with his family was Leblanc's phone number in Lynn.
Last Thursday, Lynn police and Massachusetts state police searched Leblanc's home as part of their investigation into Exley's disappearance. On Friday morning, Lynn police were informed by police in New Hampshire that Leblanc's body had been found outside a parked vehicle in a Wal-Mart parking lot in Claremont.
Lynn police would not comment on the contents of Leblanc's suicide note or say whether he had provided them directions to the location of Exley's body.
But O'Donnell told The Daily Item of Lynn that a suicide note revealed two men had disposed of a body of a missing man who "shared a lifestyle similar to theirs." There was no additional information given on the second man.
Exley's personal profile was posted on a Web site for men interested in wearing rubber and Latex clothes and practicing breath restriction during sex, the local paper reported.