The body of a 41-year-old Hull man, who police say disappeared after going into Hull Bay late April 15 after fleeing his home during a disturbance call, has been recovered.
Hull Police Chief John Dunn said the body of Jeffrey Lilja, 41, was recovered by State Police divers at approximately 3 p.m. April 18 after sonar scans by a Massachusetts Environmental Police Crew searched an area about 200 feet off shore in approximately 16 feet of water.
Lilja’s body was positively identified. The family has been notified, Dunn said.
The search for Lilja began April 15 at around 11:35 p.m. after police responded to a home for a report of a disturbance that police said was over the “misuse of a family vehicle,” which was later found in Boston.
Police said Lilja fled the home during the argument before officers began looking for him. He was located at about 11:30 p.m. on Cadish Avenue, near M Street, standing with two other men. As officers approached the group, Lilja fled and ran into the water, police said.
“When officers attempted to de-escalate the situation and get him to come out of the water, the man [Lilja] refused to do so and went deeper into the bay until officers lost sight of him. The two other men were cooperative with officers and were sent on their way,” police said.
Police called the Hull Fire Department to begin a water search to locate the man, later identified as Lilja.
“Upon the discovery of Mr. Lilja, the Massachusetts State Police assumed control of the investigation,” Dunn said.
State Police media relations officer Trooper James Dangelis referred comment to the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office.
A spokesperson at the DA’s office did not return a call seeking comment.