ALERT: Police Seek Identity of Man Found Dead in Passaic River in Belleville

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, is seeking help from the public to identify a man pulled from the Passaic River.

Officials said on August 20 at approximately 7:34 a.m., Belleville Police discovered an unresponsive male in the Passaic River.

The man was pulled onto the embankment by the North Arlington Fire rescue with help from North Arlington firefighters.

Officials say he was pronounced dead at the scene at 8:15 am on August 20.

Since then, attempts to positively identify the man or locate next of kin have been unsuccessful.

He appears to be a Hispanic male in his early 30s.

Officials said at the time of death, he was wearing a blue shirt, black slacks and brown boots.

The preliminary investigation indicates his name may be Reyno Vasquez Ramirez and that he is originally from Guatemala.

Efforts to confirm that information, have produced no results so far.

Anyone with information regarding the possible identity of the decedent is asked to contact the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force at 1-877-TIPS-4EC or 1-877-847-7432.