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74-year-old Asian American kayaker missing in New Jersey

A 74-year-old kayaker named Zhenjiang Ding is missing in Keyport Harbor, New Jersey.

According to PIX 11, Ding’s kayak was found near Cedar Street Park in Keyport on Monday, October 23, around 6:30 p.m. Some of Ding’s personal belongings were found in the kayak but the old man was no where to be found.

The U.S. Coast Guard searched for Ding but announced on October 24 that it had suspended the search.

“Our thoughts and heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of Mr. Zhenjiang Ding,” Capt. Jonathan Andrechik, deputy commander of Coast Guard Sector New York, said, according to PIX 11. “Making the decision to suspend a search is always difficult. We are appreciative of the efforts of all agencies who participated in this search.”

On Sunday, police said they had pulled the body of an adult male from Keyport Harbor, News12 New Jersey reports. At this time, police have not identified the body. Officials are conducting an autopsy to help with identification.

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