Man Found Dead In Berkeley Lagoon

BERKELEY – Police are investigating the death of an elderly man found in a lagoon near his home in Bayville yesterday.  

  On May 8, at approximately 5 p.m., a report was made to Berkeley Township Police of a missing elderly man. The man was a 76-year old resident of Sandalwood Drive in the Bayville section of Berkeley Township. According to police, the man did not leave in a vehicle because they were left at his home. 

  “The elderly male was known to have preexisting medical conditions,” police reported.

  After a preliminary search, the man was found dead in the lagoon on the 200 block Sandalwood Drive, several houses down from his residence, at approximately 9 p.m. Members of the NJ State Police and the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department used an underwater drone to help locate the man, and he was then brought to a nearby dock. 

  Police stated that the incident shows no signs of foul play but an investigation is ongoing. 

  Berkeley Township Police and Detectives, Ocean County Sheriff’s Department and their K-9 Unit, and members of the Bayville Fire Department responded to the missing person report. The investigation is being conducted by the Berkeley Township Detective Bureau and the Ocean County Prosecutors Office. 

  Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective William Somers at 732-341-132 ext. 2111.