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‘Chasing New Jersey’ reported bodies washing up on N.J. & N.Y. waterways

New York/New Jersey waterways see more bodies recovered in spring
New York/New Jersey waterways see more bodies recovered in spring
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On Tuesday night’s episode of “Chasing New Jersey,” Chaser Kate Mosso reported, about the large amount of bodies that wash up on the shared waterways in New York and New Jersey. As the temperatures get warmer, it seems that an exorbitant amount of bodies is not really unusual.

Captain Bjorn Kils is at the helm of the New York Media Boat, and he is not surprised at the number of bodies that surface in the spring. The code “D4” refers to a body in the water, and is something he is getting used to hearing at this time of year. Usually people who take their lives during the cold weather, do not surface until the warmer weather. Due to the number of bridges in this area, if bodies go in the water during cold weather, they sink to the bottom. As the spring brings on warmer weather, the bodies start to decompose, creating gasses that make them buoyant, causing them to rise to the surface.

When some missing people are highly publicized, like missing Hoboken man, Andrew Jarzyk, it is known throughout the media. A missing Bridgeton man named Patrick Miller, found in the water near Staten Island, no information was divulged, as the cause and manner of death are still being determined by the N.Y. Medical Examiner.

Kate then Skyped with author of “The Criminal Investigative Function,” and crime expert Joe Giacalone who confirmed the large tally of bodies surfacing in the warmer weather on these waterways. Many are suicides and accidental deaths and are often never reported. Joe stated that most end up determined as suicides and are not reported to the public so as not to give more people similar ideas. In the case of a threat to the public, as a homicide or some other type of incident, they would release the information to the public.

Kate then stated, that often the bodies are too mauled by the currents, fish activity, or rocks, that they are ruled as undetermined death. In those cases, the detectives are put on the case to rule out foul play.