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Autopsy Results Show Former Belmar Man Drowned Off LBI

TRENTON, NJ — Autopsy results of the former Belmar man whose body was recovered off Long Beach Island last month reveal he died of drowning, according to the New Jersey State Police.

There were no indications of injuries to the body of Christopher Lucin, 30, according to a state police spokesman, adding that the investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death will continue. The autopsy was conducted by the Ocean County Medical Examiner Office.

Lucin, who authorities said was last seen on September 19, was discovered by the U.S. Coast Guard at 8:45 a.m. on September 25 about one mile off the coast of Barnegat Light. During that week, powerful rip currents and strong ocean surf, fueled by offshore hurricanes, were responsible for three other drownings in separate incidents along the Jersey Shore — in Asbury Park, Seaside Park and Point Pleasant Beach.

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According to his published obituary, Lucin was a current resident of the Ocean Grove section of Neptune Township, and he had previously lived in Belmar, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Cliffside Park and Hasbrouck Heights. Born in Toms River, he grew up in Barnegat. He received his associate’s degree from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale.

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