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Police end search for missing person Hector Nieves after a body is recovered from the Passaic River

Media Release

For Immediate Release: May 26, 2022

Released by: Captain Timothy Wagner

Kearny Police were notified today, May 26, that a deceased human body was found around 11 a.m. on the Newark side of the Passaic River near the Jackson Street Bridge. Newark Police are leading the investigation into the recovery. Further media inquiries should be directed to the Newark Police Division.

Formal identification of the person recovered is pending an examination by the Northern Regional Medical Examiner’s Office. However, Kearny Police have called off their search for missing person Hector L. Nieves, 33, of Belleville, due to consistencies between Nieves’s description and that of the recovered person.

Police Chief George King offers his condolences to those touched by this tragedy. The Chief thanks the many public safety agencies who participated in this effort, including the Kearny Fire Department, Jersey City Police Department, Bergen County Sheriff’s Office, Newark Department of Public Safety, and the New Jersey State Police.


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