New England Man Found Dead On Deerfield Beach

Jay Harper

Jay Harper of Southbury CT was found dead on Deerfield Beach.

DEERFIELD BEACH, FL ( — We have new details about the body that apparently washed ashore on October 17th in Deerfield Beach.

The man has now been identified as 47-year-old Jay Harper of Southbury, Connecticut. Investigators say Harper went to the beach with a female companion sometime between midnight and 2am on October 17th — just hours before his body was found behind the Embassy Suiutes.

The female companion is not considered to be a suspect.

The Broward Sheriff's Office says a deputy on an ATV found the body around 4:10a — behind the hotel — in the 900 Block of Southeast 21st Avenue.

Harper was in South Florida for a business conference.

His death is being investigated as a possible homicide.

Anyone who recalls seeing the victim or who was near the Embassy Suites the night of October 17 or has any information regarding this case is asked to contact BSO Homicide Detective John Berrena at 954-321-4210. Anonymous tips can be called in to Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or


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