WESTFIELD, NJ—Skeletal remains found in the Shrewsbury River November 28 have been identified by state police as David P. Civile, the 26-year-old Tinton Falls man who worked at the time of his disappearance on November 17, 2010, as manager for Westfield’s Trader Joe’s.

 Civile was kyacking alone on the Shrewsbury River the day he disappeared and it has long been assumed that he died in a boating accident.

According to the David P. Civile Foundation for Boating Safety Awareness,  “Despite heroic search and rescue efforts by the Little Silver Police, Coast Guard, State Troopers, local kayak club members, family, friends and even strangers over a four day period, the realization began to set in that the chances of finding our David alive were no longer plausible.”

Plaques dedicated to Civile are in all of the Trader Joe’s stores where he once worked.