Police ID Body Found Along Delaware River

Investigators say the man had jumped from the Delaware Memorial Bridge on January 20.

By Karen Araiza and David Chang
|  Thursday, Apr 11, 2013  |  Updated 5:15 AM EDT
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Man Still Missing After Fishing Boat Goes Down


A body washed up last night in Salem County.

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Delaware State Police have identified a body found along the Delaware River.

The body was found Tuesday night at Fort Mott State Park in Pennsville, N.J.

Investigators say a man was walking along Finn's Point, an area along the eastern shore of the Delaware River, when he discovered the body around 9 p.m.

The body was removed from the scene and turned over to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner where an autopsy was performed.

On Wednesday, police identified the body as a 49-year-old man from Franklinville, N.J. Investigators say the man had jumped from the Delaware Memorial Bridge on Jan. 20.

Police initially investigated whether the body was that of a man who went missing off the coast last week.

Last Thursday, Joshua Catlett, 23, disappeared after his fishing boat capsized and sank in the Delaware Bay.

Catlett was on a 40-foot fishing boat with two other men. The three went out around 5:30 Thursday morning to dredge for conchs. About three hours into the expedition, their boat sank.

Good Samaritans aboard two other vessels rescued Catlett's friends Chris Serra, 27, and David Wood, 25.

The men were pulled from the water about six miles west of Cape May Point.

"Nobody really knows what happened; why the ship went down," said Catlett's uncle, Doug Larosa. "He's been fishing all his life, so he knows what he's doing out there."

The rescued men were transferred from the fishing vessels Captain Brown and Sandra Lee and taken to Coast Guard Station Cape May.

They were treated at local hospitals and released.

Authorities called off the search for Catlett on Friday.

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