Body Found In Water Off Montauk Point

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UPDATE, 4:25 P.M.:

The man was a 27-year-old resident of Ronkonkoma who had been reported missing by his family to the Suffolk County Police Department on Saturday, according to a press release by New York State Park Police. The man’s car was found at Montauk Point State Park by the park police and a multi-agency search of the area was initiated.

At 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, people on a private boat saw a body in the water, which was recovered by the Coast Guard and taken to the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office for identification, according to State Park Police. They did not identify the man.

In addition to Suffolk County Police, State Park Police and the U.S. Coast Guard, the East Hampton Town Harbor Master, East Hampton Town Police, New York State Police, Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Ranger and state parks staff conducted a search on land, with search dogs, sea and air.

An investigation is still ongoing and police request that anyone with information call (631) 321-3700.

ORIGINAL STORY:

A man’s body was found two miles east of Montauk Point on Sunday evening, according to U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Josh Garsik.

At 5:30 p.m., the Coast Guard responded to a civilian boater’s call that he had found a body in the water, said Petty Officer Garsik. The man was not wearing a life jacket, and according to East Hampton Town Police Chief Ed Ecker Jr. the man’s car was found parked near the Montauk Point Lighthouse.

The chief said the man had been reported missing a few days earlier out of Ronkonkoma and that the State Parks Police are investigating.

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