Lifeguards find body near where swimmer vanished

Coast Guard teams searched in vain for Rudy Mena, after the Paterson teenager disappeared while swimming off Long Branch.

June 2, 2012 6:46:55 PM PDT
Police in a central New Jersey beach town say lifeguards have found a body in the water not far from where a teenage swimmer from Paterson disappeared nearly a week ago.

But Long Branch Township police say they haven't yet determined whether the body found Saturday is that of 17-year-old Rudy Mena, who was reported missing on May 27.

Friends told police he was swimming near Long Branch when a strong wave knocked him over.

He went under the water and didn't resurface.

Sgt. Frank Passantino tells the Asbury Park Press that police, fire, and emergency medical officials were called to the area where the body was found shortly after 3 p.m.

Passantino says the body has been turned over to the medical examiner for identification, and he expects more information to be released Sunday.

Mena was swimming in shallow water in Long Branch when a strong wave knocked him over.

A 14-hour search over 88 square nautical miles found no trace of the boy.

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