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PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — The body of a man found in the ocean off New Jersey last week has been identified as that of a man missing for four days, authorities said. Paterson police said 26-year-old Kiariff Alston of Glen Rock left his home on Oct. 10, telling his mother he was going to buy gas before going to work at a Home Depot store in Paterson.

He was reported missing Monday after his family found he never made it to his job. His car was tracked to Seaside Heights, and Glen Rock police began investigating.

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At about 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Coast Guard officials were notified of a possible body in the water, Petty Officer Kimberly Reaves said. Alston was wearing scuba gear when his body was recovered off Barnegat Light, about two miles off the coast of Island Beach State Park, Reaves said.

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The Ocean County medical examiner’s office conducted an autopsy, and the death remains under investigation.

Alston’s mother, Erica Dawson, told NorthJersey.com that her son suffered from a mental illness and was known to wander away from their home. She called him a “gentle giant.”

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Man’s haunting final birthday selfie thanking God for a ‘wonderful life’ moments before drowning in lake

A MAN who tragically drowned in a Brazilian lake shared a haunting final selfie thanking God for his wonderful life just hours before he vanished. 

Birthday boy, Dilson Garcia Vilhalva, who was celebrating his 31 birthday at the Estancia Sonho Meu lake in Brazil, drowned just moments after posting a picture of himself online saying how happy he was.

3Dilson Garcia Vilhalva, who was celebrating his 31 birthday drowned just moments after posting a picture of himself online saying how happy he wasCredit: Newsflash 3He also posted a photo of Estancia Sonho Meu lake in Brazil saying that this is where he was celebrating his birthday partyCredit: Newsflash

Dilson went missing during his celebration at the lake, which is located in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul at around 6 PM on Sunday 5th December.

The fire department rushed to the scene but the searched had to be called off because it was too dark.

A man's lifeless body was found in the early hours of Monday morning when rescuers returned and carried out a two hour search.

He is believed to have suffered a cramp and drowned while swimming.

Moments before he drowned, Dilson had posted a snap on social media.

His post read: "A toast to life, another year, new achievements, new dreams, thanking God for everything. So happy."

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He also posted a photo of the lake saying that this is where he was celebrating his birthday party, which is reportedly on the banks of the dam of the Mimoso power plant.

Rescuers found the body at about 10:30 AM Monday morning, about 35 metres (115 feet) from the shore at a depth of 4 metres (13 feet).

Officials have said that the investigation is ongoing and the man's body is set to be taken to the Institute of Medicine and Forensic Dentistry for autopsy.

Many people left condolences at his passing.

His family is said to be mourning the tragic loss with one saying: "You left us too soon".

According to local officials three people died in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul from drowning on the same weekend.

3His family is said to be mourning the tragic loss with one saying: "You left us too soon".Credit: Newsflash

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