The nude body of a missing 27-year-old Ronkonkoma man was found on Sunday two miles east of Montauk Point by a recreational boater, after a search involving multiple agencies as well as state canine units proved fruitless.
As of yesterday, New York State Parks police, who were in charge of the investigation, had not released the man’s identity.
Parks police found a white car in the Montauk Lighthouse lot late Saturday which proved to belong to the drowned man. “We got the call in Saturday night of a report of somebody missing,” Coast Guard Petty Officer Joshua Garsik said Tuesday. “We got under way at first light.” Besides the Coast Guard and the park police, the state police, East Hampton Town police, and the town marine patrol all were involved in the search.
“We searched the shoreline, 100 to 500 yards off the shore. We did that search for about three hours,” the coast guardsman said.
“Around 3 or 3:30, a civilian recreational boater discovered the body. We went out to recover it,” he said. The body was brought back to shore and turned over to the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office.
Petty Officer Garsik described the tide at the time the body was found as “a mixture of coming in and going out.” By the time it was pulled from the water the tide was outgoing, he said.
The body was found “about a mile or so shy” of where the body of a New York woman, Ninive Petrocelli, was found last month. Ms. Petrocelli and her husband had anchored their 45-foot pilot cruiser two miles northeast of Montauk Point. Ms. Petrocelli was going below to fetch a sweater at about midnight on Aug. 10 when she apparently slipped overboard. Her body was recovered three miles south of the point.