The body of an Edgartown man who reportedly drove off a cliff along East Chop in Oak Bluffs Thursday evening was recovered Saturday morning after being spotted by a woman aboard a Steamship Authority ferry in Vineyard Haven harbor.
Oak Bluffs police started their search for Benjamin Viera, 35, late Thursday evening after receiving a report from his family that they had received a disturbing message from him and were concerned about his safety.
Police then discovered a damaged concrete railing along East Chop Drive near the intersection of Harrison avenue and tire tracks leading to the edge of a bluff approximately 50 feet above the water. The vehicle reportedly cleared the rocks below and landed in about 15 feet of water.
Oak Bluffs police and fire and members of the U.S. Coast Guard launched a search for Mr. Viera, although the search was suspended Friday afternoon. A woman aboard a Steamship Authority ferry then spotted Mr. Viera’s body around 7 a.m. Saturday morning, and police recovered the body soon after.