Body recovered from river; no ID



The body of an unidentified male was found floating in the Hackensack River in South Kearny last Friday morning, police reported.

‘There appeared to be no overt trauma to the body.’  — John Dowie, Kearny police chief 

According to authorities, workers at 700 Fish House Road spotted something in the river, which flows behind the property, at mid-morning. Kearny Det. Mike Gonzalez, Sgt. Richard Poplaski and Officer Cesar Negron responded to the scene, along with CSX railroad police and the N.J. State Police Marine Unit.

KPD Chief John Dowie said Gonzalez located the body west of the Point-No-Point Bridge. It was close enough to the shore to permit police to pull it from the river and place it on a stretcher.

Dowie said the man was not recognizable but appeared to be 40 to 50 years old. He was wearing a shirt and slacks.

Initial inspection of the corpse “did not produce evidence of suspicious death,” Dowie said, noting, “There appeared to be no overt trauma to the body.”

However, the Homicide Unit of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office was contacted to take over the investigation.

The body was turned over to the state medical examiner, who will conduct the autopsy and attempt to identify the man.

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