Do you know this man? Essex County prosecutor needs help identifying him

Authorities in Essex County are attempting to locate the next of kin of a man whose lifeless body was pulled from the Passaic River in North Arlington last month. 

Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II says on Aug. 20 at approximately 7:34 a.m., Belleville police discovered an unresponsive man in the Passaic River. He was pulled onto land by the North Arlington Fire Department and was pronounced dead at the scene at 8:15 a.m.


Since then, attempts to positively identify the man or locate next of kin have been unsuccessful.

At the time of death, he was wearing a blue shirt, black slacks and brown boots. The preliminary investigation indicates his name may be Reyno Vasquez Ramirez and that he is originally from Guatemala. Efforts to confirm that information have produced no results so far.

Anyone with information regarding the possible identity of the man is asked to contact the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force at (877) 847-7432.

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