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Body identified as missing towboat captain

New Jersey State Police say a body found on a southern New Jersey beach is a boat captain who went missing late last month.

David McAuliffe’s body was found around 6 a.m. Wednesday by Ocean City municipal workers who were doing cleanup work on the beach. An autopsy determined he died of accidental drowning, according to a report by

The 34-year-old Sea Tow captain disappeared when his 45-foot Tow boat sank off the Great Egg Harbor Inlet on April 23. The Coast Guard suspended its search for the 34-year-old two days later.

Click here for a report last week by Soundings when the search was called off.