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Body of missing N.J. fisherman found

Published On: May 16 2013 02:03:22 PM EDT   Updated On: May 16 2013 02:03:47 PM EDT

Authorities have found the body of a New Jersey fisherman who was reported missing Wednesday.

Dennis Swanson, 51, of Somerville, Somerset County, was reported missing by his family around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday when he didn't return from fishing near Spruce Run State Park in Hunterdon County.

New Jersey State police, state park police and conservation officers immediately began searching the area with help from a state police helicopter.


The search resumed Thursday with additional help from the missing persons unit, Hunterdon County detectives and state police divers.

Thursday morning, Swanson's vehicle was located on a remote dirt road near the reservoir, officials said.

Divers located a capsized canoe and recovered Swanson's body in six feet of water about 70 yards offshore.

He was not wearing a life jacket.

The cause and manner of death are pending.

Anyone with information about this incident can call the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office at 908-788-1129.

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