Police & Fire

Body Recovered from Passaic River


PATERSON, NJ - Paterson detectives and a rescue team from the Paterson Fire Department recovered the unidentified body of a man from the Passaic River shortly after 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

The body was recovered near the area where Bergen Street meets the river. Paterson detectives are still investigating the discovery, but, according to Sgt. Dean Barone of the Paterson Police Department, there is no criminal investigation at this time.

"There is no identification yet, and they're most likely going through missing persons cases now," Barone said.

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Earlier this spring, the Paterson Fire Department investigated a report on a Friday afternoon that witnesses had seen someone jump into the Passaic River. But a body was never found during that investigation.

Authorities are not saying officially whether they believe Sunday's discovery to be related to that case.

"If it is (the same person), they are not going to identify the body as the same person until they get a good set of prints, and it can be very difficult to identify a body that has been submerged in water for (any length of time)," Barone said.


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