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Authorities investigating decomposed body found floating in a Bridgeton lake

Authorities investigating decomposed body found floating in a Bridgeton lake

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BRIDGETON — Authorities are investigating the discovery of a man’s body found floating in East Lake on Thursday.

There is, as of now, no indication of foul play, Police Chief Michael Gaimari said. The man’s identity is unknown, and the body is “substantially decomposed,” he said.

The body was spotted by a person who was fishing at the lake off East Commerce Street about 3:30 p.m., he said.

The man was wearing only boxer shorts, but other items believed to belong to him were found on the lake’s northeast embankment, Gaimari said. The man was believed to have last been seen either bathing or swimming in the lake about 7:30 p.m. May 30.

Police described the man as being between 30 and 40 years old, about 5 feet, 3 inches tall, with a thin to medium build and black, medium-length hair.

Clothes found by the lake include jeans, a green and white reversible basketball jersey with the number 3 on the back and the word “Alcones” and a basketball hoop on the front. The clothes also include a retro-style Philadelphia 76ers blue-and-red cap, they said.

Anyone who knows the man or who saw him in or near the lake can call police Detective Kenneth Leyman at 856-451-0033.

The incident is under investigation by city police and the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office.

Contact: 609-226-9197

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