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Police Hope Tattoo Will Identify Body Found in Warinanco Pond

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ROSELLE, NJ - Union County police hope that someone will recognize a tattoo that was found on the body of the man that was pulled from the pond in Warinanco Park on Easter Sunday.

The Union County Police Department and the Union County Prosecutor's Office’s Homicide Task Force has yet to produce a positive identification and is asking for the publics help.

The recovered body is that of a black male in his late 30s or early 40s who stood approximately 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-8 and weighed approximately 145 pounds.

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He was recovered wearing green shorts, white thermal long underwear, heavy brown wool socks, with no shirt or shoes.

An autopsy conducted by the Union County Medical Examiner's Office revealed no scars or obvious signs of trauma to the body, and at this time the cause and manner of death are officially listed as undetermined pending additional investigation.

The results of the autopsy indicated that the body had been partially or fully submerged underwater for a period of two to three months and it remains unclear how the man initially entered the pond.

The autopsy also found that the man did not have any natural teeth and was a heavy smoker.  The man also had a distinctive tattoo on the inside of his right forearm that appears to depict a heart-shaped figure with a crooked banner extending across it.

Police urge anyone with any information about the identity of this person to contact the Prosecutor's Office Detective Johnny Ho at 908-403-8271 or Union County Police Department Detective Manuel Corte at 908-358-7692.
 

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