Police Find Body of Man Believed to Have Drowned in Cape May County

Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Lower Township Police Chief William Mastriana are investigation the death of a 34-year-old man who was found in the Cape Island Wildlife Management Area, commonly known as Lepores’ Pit in the Erma section of Lower Township.

According to authorities, on July 24th at 4:08 p.m., the Lower Township Police Department responded to a medical assistance call at the Wildlife Management Area.

Upon arrival officers were directed to the bank of a lake on the property where they observed a male, later identified as Victor Zenglin, 34-years-old of the Villas section of Lower Township, lying on his back. The victim was unconscious and rescue efforts were attempted but were unsuccessful.

An investigation was immediately initiated by the Major Crimes Unit of the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office and Detectives from the Lower Township Police Department.

Officials say on July 25th an autopsy was conducted by the Southern Regional Medical Examiner who ruled that that there were no signs of foul play and Zenglin’s manner of death was listed as “Pending Toxicology” reports.

At this time, Prosecutor Sutherland and Chief Mastriana want to assure the public that there is no reason to be alarmed of any danger in the surrounding area of the incident and as more details evolve further information will be released to the public.

Prosecutor Sutherland said this is an ongoing investigation and urges anyone who has information concerning this incident to contact the Prosecutor’s Office at 609-465-1135 or the Lower Township Police Department at 609-886-1619, or report it anonymously through the Cape May County Sheriff’s Tip Line at cmcsheriff.net and click on anonymous tip.