Rumson firefighters shine floodlights on the Shrewsbury River from the Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge during the November, 2010 search for kayaker David Civile. (Click to enlarge)


The remains of a Tinton Falls man who disappeared while kayaking in the Shrewsbury River two years ago have been found in Little Silver, New Jersey State Police announced Thursday.

David Civile, 26, vanished after launching on a solo excursion on November 17, 2010, a blustery day. He was reported missing that night, when his kayak was found near the uninhabited Sedge Island, which lies between Sea Bright and Rumson on the Shrewsbury River.

The report triggered an extensive, multi-day search that involved state and local police as well as the Coast Guard.

From an announcement issued by the State Police shortly before 6 p.m. Thursday:

On December 5, 2012, the Monmouth County Medical Examiners Office positively identified skeletal remains found in the Shrewsbury River as David Civile 28 [Editors note: Civile was 26 when he vanished], of Tinton Falls N.J.

On November 28, 2012 at approximately 9:41 a.m., a contractor making repairs to a dock at a residence on Little Silver Point Road, called authorities and reported finding skeletal remains in the Shrewsbury River. The remains were located at the water line and in the river. Detectives from the New Jersey State Police Missing Persons Unit, Major Crimes Unit, Troop C Criminal Investigation Office, Crime Scene Unit, and Monmouth County Prosecutors were notified and responded to the scene.

During the investigation, detectives were advised of a previous multi-agency search for a missing kayaker which had been conducted in the same area on November 17, 2010. The missing person was identified as David Civile, who had yet to be recovered.

Using dental records, the Monmouth County Medical Examiners Office determined the remains to be those of Civile. The cause and manner of death is undetermined pending further investigation.