Police ID Body Found in Bay

Police have identified the body of a man pulled from the Sea Isle City back bay lagoon. 

Vacationers discovered the body floating face down between two docked boats near 323 E. 43rd Street around noon Thursday. Police identified the body as 61-year-old Norman Remsen of Marmora, NJ.

Investigators believe he'd been in the water for no more than 48 hours.

Joe Wilson came to Sea Isle City for the day from Deptford to visit friends and made the grisly discovery.

“Looked over the edge and I said, that looks like a body. And they said we saw that earlier and we thought it was a trash bag. I said, ‘Well it can’t be a trash bag with a head', “said Wilson.

Charles Copeland, a retired Mantua Township Police officer, also made the discovery.

“Seen many...definitely…just hope it has closure for somebody who might be missing,” said Copeland.

There were no signs of trauma, according to police.

So far there is no word on what happened to Remsen or how he ended up in the water. Investigators say no one has been reported missing recently in Cape May County. Police say the cause of death is still under investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call New Jersey State Police at 609-561-1800 ext. 3355.

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