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Unidentified body found in bay in Sea Isle City

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A body was discovered in Cape May County's water Thursday afternoon, however police are still trying to determine the man's identity. He is a white man, possibly between the ages of 50 and 65.

Just after Noon on Thursday Joe Wilson made a discovery he wishes he hadn't. "I looked to my right. I take the first sip of my drink, and I see there is something down there."

At first Wilson and his friends thought what they saw in the Bay at 43rd Street was just a bag. "Thought it was a bag at first. But it was a bag with a head," said Wilson.

"Come down it looked like a bag or something. They saw it an hour earlier between two boats. I said it might be a bag. Could be a mannequin," said Charles Coppelend who was in Sea Isle City when the body was discovered.

"Go check it out." And when they did, what they found was a body upside down and floating in the water.

"It was face down. I could only see the back and the dark hair," said Coppelend.

When police arrived on scene they immediately began searching both the bay and on land for hours, looking for any clues as to what may have led to the mans death.

As of right now the identity of the man is unknown. But police are asking for your help in finding out who he is.

The body is a white male possibly between the ages of 50 and 65, between 5'5" and 5'10" in height. Weighing between 140 to 150 pounds. He was wearing black cargo shorts and a tan short sleeved collared shirt.

According to police the body was likely in the water for no more than 48 hours. There are no visible signs of injuries, however an autopsy is expected sometime Friday.

Anyone with information on the identity is asked to contact the New Jersey State Police at 609-561-1800. Extension 3355.

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