A body was found in the Atlantic Ocean off Montauk Point a day after the family of a 27-year-old Ronkonkoma man reported him missing over the holiday weekend, authorities said.

New York State Parks Police said they found the man’s vehicle at Montauk State Park after the victim’s family filed a missing person’s report with Suffolk County police on Saturday. A half dozen law enforcement agencies joined the search.

Boaters aboard a private vessel reported finding a body at 3:30 p.m. Sunday in the water. The U.S. Coast Guard recovered the body, which was taken to the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office to determine the identity and cause of death.

The case marks the second time this summer that someone was found dead in the water off Montauk Point. In a third case, a fisherman who fell overboard from a boat was found alive after 12 hours.


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