Update: Cause & Manner of Death of Missing Canoeist Located in Rockaway Township

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Chief Martin McParland of the Rockaway Township Police Department jointly announce an update of the investigation into the death of the canoeist found in White Meadow Lake, Rockaway Township.
The Morris County Medical Examiner’s Office, has determined the Cause of Death to be a drowning and Manner of Death as an Accident.  
As previously reported, the search began on Sunday, November 22, 2015 at approximately 3:00 am, when members of the Rockaway Township Police Department were dispatched to White Meadow Lake regarding a capsized canoe, which contained two (2) Rockaway Township residents, ages 26 and 27.
Officer Jason Tozzi from the Rockaway Township Police Department was the first responder to the scene. He used an available canoe and was able to reach the only visible distressed male (age 26) in the lake, ultimately saving his life.
The rescued male (age 26) was transported to St. Clare’s Denville Campus Hospital where he was later released.
A recovery operation at the lake for the second adult male (age 27) started on Sunday, November 22, 2015. The search utilized sonar equipment monitored by the New Jersey State Police.
On November 24, 2015, the third day of searching ended at approximately 9:30 a.m. when the deceased body of the second male (age 27) was located in the lake.  Dr. Ronald V. Suarez, MD of the Morris County Medical Examiner’s Office, pronounced the deceased male (age 27) at the scene.
At the request of the family, the identity of the male (age 27) found in the lake will not be released. 
Prosecutor Knapp would like to thank all the assisting agencies which include the Major Crimes Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, the Rockaway Township Police Department, the New Jersey State Police, the Morris County Sherifff’s Office, Parsippany Rescue and Recovery, Boonton Fire Department, Rockaway Township Fire Department, Jefferson Township Fire Department, St. Clare’s EMS, Morris County OEM, and divers from multiple agencies.
 

Any inquiries can be directed to Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Deputy Chief of Investigations Denise H. Arseneault at 973-285-6262 or [email protected].

Body of Missing Canoeist Located in Rockaway Township

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Chief Martin McParland of the Rockaway Township Police Department jointly announce the end of the investigation into the search of a missing canoeist in White Meadow Lake, Rockaway Township.

 

The search began on Sunday, November 22, 2015 at approximately 3:00 am, when members of the Rockaway Township Police Department were dispatched to White Meadow Lake regarding a capsized canoe, which contained two (2) Rockaway Township residents, ages 26 and 27.

 

Officer Jason Tozzi from the Rockaway Township Police Department was the first responder to the scene. He used an available canoe and was able to reach the only visible distressed male (age 26) in the lake, ultimately saving his life.

 

The rescued male (age 26) was transported to St. Clare’s Denville Campus Hospital where he was later released.

 

A recovery operation at the lake was started on Sunday, November 22, 2015, for the second adult male (age 27). Today’s search continued to utilize sonar equipment monitored by the New Jersey State Police.

 

The third day of searching ended today, at approximately 9:30 a.m., when the deceased body of the second male (age 27) was located in the lake.  Dr. Ronald V. Suarez, MD of the Morris County Medical Examiner’s Office, pronounced the deceased male (age 27) at the scene. The cause and manner of death are pending.

 

At the request of the family, the identity of the male (age 27) found today will not be released. 

 

Prosecutor Knapp would like to thank all the assisting agencies which include the Major Crimes Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, the Rockaway Township Police Department, the New Jersey State Police the Morris County Sherifff’s Office, Parsippany Rescue and Recovery, Boonton Fire Department, Rockaway Township Fire Department, Jefferson Township Fire Department, St. Clare’s EMS, Morris County OEM, and divers from multiple agencies.

 

Any inquiries can be directed to Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Deputy Chief of Investigations Denise H. Arseneault at 973-285-6262 or [email protected].

Ongoing Investigation in Rockaway Township

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Chief Martin McParland of the Rockaway Township Police Department jointly announce that an investigation is currently underway involving an incident which occurred on White Meadow Lake, Rockaway Township, N.J.

 

On Sunday, November 22, 2015 at approximately 3:00 am, members of the Rockaway Township Police Department were dispatched to White Meadow Lake, Rockaway Township responding to multiple 9-1-1 calls regarding a canoe which capsized containing two (2) individuals.

 

One adult male was recovered and was transported to St. Clare’s Denville Campus Hospital where he was later released.

 

A massive recovery operation response at the lake is being undertaken for efforts to locate the second adult male. This investigation is ongoing at this time.

 

The identities of these individuals are not being released. There is no indication that there is any threat to the community.

 

Various agencies are involved in the recovery efforts, including the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office- Major Crimes Unit, the Rockaway Township Police Department, the Morris County Sherifff’s Office, Parsippany Rescue and Recovery, Boonton Fire Department, Rockaway Township Fire Department, Jefferson Township Fire Department, St. Clare’s EMS, Morris County OEM, the New Jersey State Police, and divers from multiple agencies.

 

Any inquiries can be directed to Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Deputy Chief of Investigations Denise H. Arseneault at 973-285-6262 or [email protected].