Massachusetts: A shell fisherman located the deceased body of a young adult male on the western edge of Sengekontacket Pond at approximately 11:30 am on August 18, 2022 (Thursday).
Massachusetts: A shell fisherman located the deceased body of a young adult male on the western edge of Sengekontacket Pond at approximately 11:30 am on August 18, 2022 (Thursday).
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Massachusetts: A shell fisherman located the deceased body of a young adult male on the western edge of Sengekontacket Pond at approximately 11:30 am on August 18, 2022 (Thursday).

The investigation team revealed that the body matched the description of Tavaughn Bulgin, 21, who has been the subject of an ongoing weeklong search since he went missing Sunday night after jumping from the Big Bridge (Jaws Bridge) between Edgartown and Oak Bluffs. We extend our deepest condolences to the Bulgin family upon the devasting loss of these two young men.

On the evening of August 17, Massachusetts State Police Sergeant David Mackin, the commander of the State Police-Oak Bluffs Barracks, along with Oak Bluffs Police Chief John Searle and Edgartown Police Chief Bruce McNamee, attended a vigil in memory of the two young men who perished after jumping from Big Bridge Sunday night.

For decades, locals and tourists alike have taken part in the tradition of jumping into the ocean from the bridge. The victims, brothers Tavaris and Tavaughn Bulgin, were from Jamaica and working for the summer at a restaurant on Martha’s Vineyard. Tavaris’ body was recovered from the ocean on Monday. The search for Tavaughn, who is presumed to have also died, is ongoing. We offer our deep condolences to the Bulgin family and their friends.

After the investigating team informed about the incident on social media, many users expressed grief and sorrow. One of the social media users, named Michael Ann Pease, said, “May they Rest In Peace. Prayers for the families and friends. Sorry for your loss. Prayers they find the other body.” Another user – Linda Josephson, stated, “Prayers for these two brothers, and for their families. Prayers that the body of the missing brother is found soon. Thank you for the first responders who have and continue to search for them.”