UPDATE: Police identify body of missing Westport woman found in water

By: Chloe Leshner



WESTPORT, Mass. — Westport police recovered the body of a missing woman near Horseneck Beach at approximately 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Helena Chaves, 58, was found in the waters off of the Fontaine Bridge in Westport.

Crews began their search just before 3 a.m. Wednesday morning after family members reported Chaves missing, saying this was out of character and worried she was in danger.

An officer discovered a vehicle on Route 99 at Cherry Webb Lane stopped with its engine still running and hazard lights on.

Personal items were still inside the car, and authorities were soon out on the beach in full force.

"We used air assets, water resources from the Coast Guard, Massachusetts State Police, SEMLAC search and rescue dive and ground teams," says Detective Jeff Majewski with the Westport Police Department.

According to the Bristol County District Attorney’s office, foul play is not suspected.

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