Police recovered the body of an unidentified person floating in the Passaic River on the Newark-Harrison border Thursday morning.
Search and rescue crews located the body close to the Jackson Street Bridge around 11 a.m.
Although authorities have not confirmed who the individual is, Kearny Police searched for a man they believe jumped into the river on Monday.
According to Kearny Police, on the afternoon of May 23, 2022, a 24-year-old Belleville woman appeared at Kearny Police headquarters to report her husband missing.
Police said the missing man is identified as Mr. Hector L. Nieves, 33, of Belleville Nieves is described as a Hispanic male of medium complexion, 6’0” tall, and approximately 150 pounds.
He reportedly has a chest tattoo that reads “show no love,” an upper back tattoo that reads “feel no pain,” and star tattoos on each shoulder.
According to Police, Nieves was last reported as wearing a dark-colored long-sleeve Carhartt brand shirt with white letters on the sleeve, dark work pants, black "Jordan" brand sneakers, a Carhartt brand baseball hat with yellow lettering, and a black mask over his face.
The investigation revealed that on May 23, between 1 and 1:30 a.m., the wife dropped off Nieves by car at 175 Passaic Ave. Kearny (L.A. Fitness parking lot) and then waited for a short distance away.
Police say Nieves subsequently became the suspect in a truck burglary at that time and location and was allegedly chased off by the truck’s owner.
Nieves reportedly telephoned his wife while running from the scene and made statements indicating that he was planning to swim across the Passaic River and that she should pick him up near the Comfort Suites in Newark.
Detectives began an immediate investigation and corroborated independent information showing plausibility that Nieves may have entered the Passaic River.
Nieves’s last confirmed location was at the bank of the Passaic River between 175 Passaic Ave. and the NX Bridge (commonly referred to as the “Annie Bridge”).
Police and Kearny firefighters searched the river by boat and the riverbank on May 23 and 24 but did not locate Nieves.
The investigation and search remain ongoing, bolstered by resources coordinated by the Office of Emergency Management.