PATERSON, NJ (AP) – The body of a man found in the ocean off New Jersey last week has been identified as that of a man missing for four days, authorities said. Paterson police said Kiariff Alston, 26, from Glen Rock left his house on October 10 and told his mother he would buy gasoline before going to work at a Home Depot store in Paterson.
He was reported missing on Monday after his family discovered he never made it to his job. His car was tracked to Seaside Heights and the Glen Rock Police began an investigation.
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At around 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Coast Guard officials were notified of a possible body in the water, Petty Officer Kimberly Reaves said. Alston was wearing scuba gear when his body was retrieved from Barnegat Light, about two miles off the coast of Island Beach State Park, Reaves said.
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The Ocean County’s coroner’s office performed an autopsy and the death is still under investigation.
Alston’s mother, Erica Dawson, told NorthJersey.com that her son had a mental illness and was known to have migrated from home. She called him a “gentle giant”.
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