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Police identify Peabody man killed by falling boulders

Rescue crews work to retrieve a Peabody man who was killed by falling boulders. (Owen O'Rourke)

PEABODY — Authorities have identified the man who died after being crushed by boulders while doing yard work at his Lowell Street home on Monday.

Wilson Lobao, 76, had apparently been clearing some brush near a small stream that separates his yard from the neighboring yard, when a nearby retaining wall gave way and large rocks fell on top of him, according to the Essex County District Attorney’s office.

Peabody Police responded to 327 Lowell St. at approximately 4 p.m. after receiving a call from the victim’s wife who said she had not seen Lobao for a period of time. Earlier in the day, he had gone outside to do yard work, according to the DA’s office.

According to the police log, she told police that her husband had left their house at approximately 11:30 a.m. and had not returned.

Lobao was found dead in his yard in the stream area with several large boulders on top of him, the DA’s office said.

Police and first responders were on scene into the evening and used equipment to remove the rocks in order to recover the body.

Authorities are calling the death accidental and no foul play is suspected.

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