The search for a missing person in a lagoon off of Sandlewood Drive in Bayville last night has ended in tragedy.

Berkeley Police received a call around 5:00 pm Wednesday afternoon of a missing elderly male from Sandlewood Drive located on a lagoon in the Bayville Section of the Township.

The caller reported that the 76-year old male could not be located and did not take his vehicles as they were at the home.

The man was known to have preexisting medical conditions.

Berkeley Police, Berkeley Detectives, The Ocean County Sheriff’s Department and their K-9 Unit, as well as members of the Bayville Fire Department then conducted a search looking for the missing resident.

It was around 9:00pm that the victim was found deceased, in the lagoon on Sandlewood Drive several houses down from where he lived.

Police are withholding the name of the victim at this time until the next of kin are notified.

Preliminary investigation shows no signs of foul play but this an active, ongoing investigation 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 x 2111.

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