Body Found in Rhode Island Tied to Suicide

By CHELSEA PHUA
The Associated Press
Wednesday, June 28, 2006; 6:21 PM

HOPKINTON, R.I. -- The remains of a British tourist missing since April have been unearthed in a wildlife preserve, and authorities say the body is linked to a suicide in New Hampshire.

Adrian Exley, 32, of London, was last seen at a train station in Swampscott, Mass., on April 24. His body was identified Wednesday with dental records, said Capt. Stephen Lynch of the Rhode Island State Police.

Investigators did not know how he died and were awaiting autopsy results, Lynch said.

Authorities believe Exley's disappearance is connected to the suicide of Gary Leblanc of Lynn, Mass., who killed himself last week in a Wal-Mart parking lot in Claremont, N.H.

Lynn police refused to say specifically whether a suicide note that Leblanc left had directions to Exley's body. However, Maj. Steven O'Donnell of the Rhode Island State Police told The Daily Item of Lynn that a note had revealed that two men disposed of the body of a missing man who "shared a lifestyle similar to theirs."

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 Item reported.

The body was found Monday after Massachusetts State Police asked Rhode Island authorities to search Rockville Wildlife Management Area.

"They had specific information of where it was," O'Donnell said. "They had to dig a little bit to get to the body."

Exley arrived in Boston on April 20 for a weeklong trip to visit Leblanc, police said. The two men had met over the Internet.

Exley's family contacted Boston police after he did not board his return flight to England and did not contact them. Authorities searched Leblanc's home as part of their investigation.


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