KPD: Search for missing Belleville man called off after a body is pulled from River; ID of victim has not yet been made

The Jackson Street bridge, which links Harrison to Newark, is the approximate location where a body was pulled from the Passaic River today. Google Street View

A body was pulled today from the Passaic River, though it is not yet clear whether it’s that of a man reported missing earlier this week.

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Kearny Police Capt. Timothy Wagner says the Kearny PD were notified May 26 a deceased human body was found at around 11 a.m. on the Newark side of the Passaic River near the Jackson Street Bridge. Newark police are leading the investigation into the recovery.

Formal identification of the person recovered is pending an examination by the Northern Regional Medical Examiner’s Office. However, Kearny police have called off their search for missing man Hector L. Nieves, 33, of Belleville, because of the consistencies between Nieves’s description and that of the recovered person.

Police Chief George King offers his condolences to those touched by this tragedy and thanks the many public safety agencies who participated in this search and recovery effort, including the Kearny Fire Department, Jersey City Police Department, Bergen County Sheriff’s Office, Newark Department of Public Safety and the New Jersey State Police.

Editor’s note: The Observer did not report the body being pulled from the river earlier today because the information was, at the time, unconfirmed.

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