Police Identify Unattended Deaths In State Forest and Mid-Island Home

Jason Graziadei •

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Nantucket Police on Monday identified the two young men who were found dead in separate incidents on the island over the past week. The deaths are not considered suspicious, according to Nantucket Police Lt. Angus MacVicar, and remain under investigation by the Nantucket Police Department Detective Unit and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

The 26-year-old man who was found dead last Friday morning at a mid-island home was identified as Ariste Lemus-Ramirez. He had recently been indicted on drug trafficking charges following a major fentanyl bust back in March at his residence at 4 Fifth Way, the home where first responders found him unresponsive around 6:38 a.m. last Friday. Lemus-Ramirez had been scheduled to be arraigned on the charges in Nantucket Superior Court in less than two weeks.

The body of a 24-year-old man who was found dead in Nantucket's State Forest on Oct. 30 was identified as Esteban Del Angel Perez, of 71 Macy Lane.

Del Angel Perez was found unresponsive near one of the Nantucket Disc Golf Course holes in the State Forest, according to a person who came upon the scene and saw police officers and Massachusetts State Troopers near an area that had been roped off with yellow police tape.

Medical examiner Dr. Tim Lepore said he suspects the 24-year-old man died from an overdose of fentanyl, the dangerous synthetic opioid.

Fairwinds: Nantucket's Counseling Center has NARCAN available to the island community. Call 508-228-2689 to learn more.

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