HOBOKEN, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Police have not yet determined the cause of death of a missing Hoboken man whose body was found in the Hudson River earlier this week nearly a month after he disappeared.
Hoboken police said the identification of Andrew Jarzyk, 27, was made Tuesday night by the state Regional Medical Examiner’s Office in Newark.
Police said he was identified through the forensic analysis of Jarzyk’s teeth and several “personal identifiers.” They said the body showed no signs of trauma that would have indicated foul play.
Family members had earlier said his body was found in the Hudson River around 6 p.m. Monday near the Lackawanna Terminal. They had posted a statement on Facebook calling the discovery of Jarzyk’s body “a very tragic ending.”
“This has been an extremely difficult journey of many emotions during this time,” the statement said. “As we begin the healing process, please continue to be positive. Do not hang your heads on the ‘what if’s’ in life.”
Jarzyk was last seen jogging on March 30 on a very poor-quality surveillance video on Sinatra Drive near 4th Street in Hoboken.
Before that, he was seen by friends around 1 a.m. on March 30 at the West 5 supper club on Madison Street in Hoboken. He left and was seen an hour later about a mile away, in exercise clothing, near the waterfront.
Other cameras captured him jogging as well.
His disappearance launched a search on the water, in the air and throughout Hoboken. For weeks, loved ones posted fliers and photos everywhere and pleaded for answers.
It’s still unclear how Jarzyk ended up in the water.
Jarzyk, who lived in Hoboken and worked for PNC Financial in Woodland Park, was said to be in good spirits in the hour before he disappeared.
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