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More Bodies Washing Up In Waterway Between NJ & NY

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Hoboken, New Jersey (My9NJ) - It seems like we’re always hearing reports of dead bodies being recovered in the waterways between New York and New Jersey and some sources are saying that every spring, substantially more bodies are found washed up.

Captain Bjoern Kils mans the New York Media Boat and he says that this time of year he often hears radio reports of code “D4” which means “persons in the water” multiple times a week.

His theory is that these are mostly bodies of people who took their lives over the winter finally coming to the surface.

“Unfortunately people do harm themselves with these bridges and in the winter the water is cold enough that they would sink to the bottom. In the spring and the summer once the water starts warming, the warmth accelerates the decomposition process and the body’s gas which make them rise up to the surface,” Kils explained.

Sometimes the recovery of a body is highly publicized, like when missing Hoboken man Andrew Jarzyk was found in the Hudson at the end of April. But other times, like in the case of Bridgeton resident Patrick Miller who was found in the water off Staten Island last week, few or no details are divulged by authorities. In Miller’s case, the New York Medical Examiner’s Office Spokeswoman Julie Bolcer says the cause and manner of death are still being determined.

Former NYPD Detective Sergeant and author of “The Criminal Investigative Function”, Joe Giaclone says dozens of bodies are recovered between New York and New Jersey every year. Most are either accidental deaths or suicides and many of these incidents are never reported at all.

“Since most of these cases end up as suicides they rarely will release this kind of information into the public because they don’t want to give anybody those ideas. If there was a real threat to the public, like for instance, if they know this was a homicide or some other type of incident they would definitely release that information,” Giaclone confirmed.

However, he says that sometimes the bodies recovered are so badly mauled by the current, fish activity and hitting rocks that the medical examiner will rule it an undetermined manner of death. That’s when detectives get involved and look at the possibility of foul-play.

“The victimology here is going to play a big role. The victimology we refer to as what is going on in the person’s life, have they ever tried to commit suicide before, do they have financial problems? All of those things play a big role in the investigation and that’s where those undetermined cases can be overturned,” he said.


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