SPRING LAKE, NJ — The body of the Mercer County teenager who went missing off a Spring Lake beach has been found several blocks north from where he was last seen in the surf, according to authorities.

The Spring Lake Police Department posted an update this morning, September 4, on social media — three days after Josiah Jeremiah Robison, 15, of Ewing went missing in rough waters off the borough's Brighton Avenue beach.

“Our heartfelt condolences go out to Josiah's family and friends. Our department and community as a whole offer our deepest sympathies,” the post said, with no additional details released.

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The Newark Avenue beach gazebo that was a gathering place for family, friends and community members during the search and recovery effort is now a memorial for Robison.

At about 2:45 p.m. on September 1, the Spring Lake police and lifeguards responded to two juvenile swimmers in distress off the Brighton Avenue beach. While a bystander was able to reach the female victim, identified as his sister, who was brought to shore with the assistance of lifeguards, Robison — could not be located.

Spring Lake was assisted in the air, sea and land effort, which stretched along the borough’s beachfront, by some 80 lifeguards, first-responders and law enforcement members from the New Jersey State Police, U.S. Coast Guard, Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office, Belmar, Spring Lake Heights, Sea Girt, Manasquan and Wall.

In June 2017, Belmar suffered its own tragic drowning incidents when cousins Mitzi Hernandez Nicolas, 13, and Emily Gonzalez Perez, 12, of Belmar lost their lives after swimming off a Ninth Avenue beach during off-hours.

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