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NYPD Call for Help in Identifying Man Whose Body Was Found Floating in the East River by LIC

Police at Hunters Point South Park on May 26 near where a man’s body was found in the East River (Photo: Courtesy of Hunters Point South Waterfront Residents Facebook page)

May 31, 2021 By Christian Murray

A man’s body was found floating in the East River by Hunters Point South Park Wednesday and the police are calling on the public for help in identifying him.

The body was recovered by the NYPD Harbor Unit at around 8 a.m. May 26 in the vicinity of Center Boulevard and 56th Avenue, where he was officially pronounced dead.

The NYPD described the man as white, and said he was wearing a long-sleeve brown shirt, camouflage pants and black sneakers.

Police sources believe he was in his 50s and had been in the water for less than 48 hours. They also said he had an EKG tag adhesive on his chest, indicating that he may have recently been in hospital.

The NYPD said his body has a small scar near his right ankle and no tattoos. He was in possession of two 50-cent pieces (coins) and a sobriety coin that says “Freedom” and “Growth” on one side and has a picture of a butterfly on the other side.

The NYPD is hopeful that someone will recognize the sobriety coin so they can identify him. Police have released a photo of the sobriety coin.

Anyone with information in regard to the identity of the man is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

A man’s body was founded in the East River off Hunters Point South Park Wednesday. Police have yet to identify him and are hopeful that someone will recognize his sobriety coin, pictured, so they can identify him (NYPD)

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