Missing Man Died From Accidental Drowning: Police

By Kelly Bayliss and David Chang
|  Tuesday, Apr 1, 2014  |  Updated 1:55 AM EDT
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Cause of Death Revealed for Missing Man Found in Bay

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A missing man whose body was found in a bay at the Jersey Shore accidentally drowned, according to police.

Kennedy Rios, 21, was last seen on January 7 at his home in Ventnor, New Jersey.

According to family members, Rios left a party just after midnight, venturing out into the freezing cold without a jacket, gloves or a hat. Rescue crews searched for Rios but were unable to find him.

On Friday, a body was discovered in a bay near Surrey Avenue in Ventnor. Police later identified the body as Rios.

On Monday, State Police announced that Rios' death was not suspicious and that he died from an accidental drowning and hypothermia.

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