Investigation:Two Incidents,One Fatal, at Belle Isle Marsh

An elderly man died following injuries suffered at Belle Isle Marsh that may be connected to an attacked of another elderly man three days later State Police said. The man who died after was a longtime Eastie resident.

State Police are now increasing high-visibility patrols in the Belle Isle Marsh area starting immediately.

“The first incident occurred at Belle Isle Marsh on Sunday, May 29,” said State Police spokesman Dave Procopio. “On that date, Daniel Pepe, 83, of East Boston, suffered serious injuries while walking in the reservation. He was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital and died from his injuries on June 1. State Police were notified of his injuries that night.”

Pepe’s injuries were so serious that he was not in a condition that would allow him to provide a description of what happened to him.

The cause of the injuries suffered by Pepe on May 29, which were reported to State Police on June 1, the date the victim died, remain under investigation.

According to State Police, the second incident occurred on the afternoon of Wednesday, June 1.

“State Police this time were notified of an assault against a 67-year-old Lynn man who was walking in the Belle Isle Marsh reservation,” said Procopio. “That victim suffered non-life threatening injuries.  We are investigating whether the incident involving Mr. Pepe is related to the assault on June 1.”

The assailant in the second incident is described as a male in his late 20s or 30s, approximately 5’9” tall, and wearing a hat, t-shirt and shorts that were all beige or brown in color.

Troopers from the State Police Revere Barracks and the State Police Detective Unit for Suffolk County are investigating the two assaults.

Anyone with information about either incident is urged to call State Trooper Joel Balducci at 617-727-8817, extension 5670.

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