Devastating news out of Avalon as a body was found earlier Wednesday morning on the 22nd St. beach. Residents say they are shocked to hear about such a tragedy, especially on New Year's Day.
"We walked up the pathway and we saw it and it was pretty frightening to see a dead body laying there," says Billy Annesley of Gladwyne, Pennsylvania.
Just before 7:30 this morning Avalon Police responded to a report of a body found on the 22nd St. beach.
"It's very scary. It's New Year's Day. It's Avalon, it's a safe town. Unbelievable," says Patricia McGrath of Philadelphia.
Authorities confirm that 26 year-old Brett Fitzpatrick from Ocean City was the man whose body was found on the beach Wednesday morning.
"It's hard. It's hard for everybody. It's not the way you want to start off a New Year or day for anybody," says Chief William Mccormick of the Avalon Police Department.
"Especially a young kid. 26. No one deserves that," says Dirk Nicholas of Newtown Square, Pennsylvania.
Neighbors we spoke with say it's devastating to hear about such a tragedy, especially on New Year's Day.
"It's certainly a bad way to start a New Year. I feel sorry for the family," says Fred Hampf, an Avalon resident.
"It's terrible. I can't imagine. People say it's harder to lose your kid than it is to die yourself," says Nicholas.
At this time there is no word of the cause of death, but the investigation, now being handled by the Cape May County Prosecutor's Office, is still underway, as locals and visitors come to grips with the shocking news.
"It's really tough. No parent should have to hear that," says Nicholas.
"It's really awful for his family. It's just terrible. Really sad," says Annesley.
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