NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On September 15, local police and firefighters recovered a dead body from the Raritan River near "New Brunswick Landing," the city's rarely-used boat docks.
It was the second body found just outside the city in just four days.
The Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office has still not identified the individual whose body was found inside a vacant home on Joyce Kilmer Avenue in North Brunswick on September 12.
However, police are insisting that they don't believe "foul-play" was involved in the death of the individual whose body was found most recently in the water that separates the Hub City from Highland Park.
The Daily Targum reported that Highland Park Police Department (HPPD) had been contacted by a kayaker who noticed the body at about 12:14pm.
According to a press release from the New Brunswick Police Department (NBPD), "first responders located the body of an adult male in the water near the boat slips of New Brunswick Landing."
NBPD Captain JT Miller said in the statement that "members" of the MCPO and the Middlesex County Medical Examiner’s Office responded to the scene as well.
"The identity of the deceased is being withheld until the proper next of kin can be notified," wrote Miller, who declined to identify the person again when emailed on September 17.
Officially, the cause of death remains yet to be detemined, according to Miller's press release.
"A final determination will not be made until an autopsy is complete," reads the release.
According to the county website, New Brunswick Landing is "a cooperative partnership between the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the City of New Brunswick."
The project reportedly cost $7 million, but the 24 boat slips are more than enough for the handful of boats that occasionally dock at the facility.
Charlie is the founder and editor of New Brunswick Today, and the winner of the Awbrey Award for Community-Oriented Local Journalism. He is a proud Rutgers University journalism graduate and a community organizer, and an independent candidate for Mayor of New Brunswick.