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Missing NJ Man Was Involved in Altercation Before His Death, Police Say

A cousin who was helping in the search found the body of 19-year-old Irving Mayren-Guzman in a marsh area Tuesday morning.

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A young man who was found dead in Atlantic County, New Jersey, on Tuesday was involved in an altercation prior to his disappearance over the weekend, according to police.

A cousin who was helping in the search found the body of 19-year-old Irving Mayren-Guzman in a marshy area just east of Centerfolds Night Club Tuesday morning around 9:30 a.m. The cause of death is pending an autopsy.

Mayren-Guzman was last seen alive early Sunday morning while visiting Centerfolds. Police said he was involved in an altercation at the club. He then started walking eastbound on Delilah Road towards Atlantic City. That was the last time he was seen alive.

“Went inside this club right behind me and when his friend stepped out he realized he didn’t come outside and he went inside himself to look for him,” Mayren-Guzman’s brother, Alex Mayren, told NBC10. “And he was just getting a bunch of different stories from a bunch of different workers. They were just all over the place. They couldn’t give him one direct answer. And they couldn’t find him since.” 

State Police, family and friends gathered in groups along Delilah Road on Monday and handed out flyers as they continued searching for Mayren-Guzman. Police also used helicopters, drones and bloodhounds during the search.

"Unfortunately yesterday afternoon when we were conducting our K-9 checks, searches and tracks with the drones it was high tide," Pleasantville Police Captain Stacy Schlachter said. "So that area is normally covered with water. So that's probably the reason why he wasn't located yesterday."

Mayren-Guzman's aunt described him as a good kid who worked at an auto shop. He had plans of going to college and becoming a barber.

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