CRABBER FOUND DROWNED OFF RUMSON

The body of a 51-year-old Howell man was found in waters off Rumson Saturday after he’s believed to have drowned while crabbing.

Elek Szalay’s body was located by the U.S. Coast Guard at 10:14 a.m. at the confluence of the Navensink and Shrewsbury rivers, according to New Jersey State Police Sergeant Adam Grossman.

Preliminary indications suggest that Szalay drowned and that there was no foul play involved, Grossman said.

Rumson police had come upon Szalay’s vehicle at the north end of Navesink¬† Avenue Friday night, before they were alerted to a missing person by Howell police, but saw nothing amiss, said Rumson police Chief Scott Paterson.

Howell police could not be reached immediately for information on when Szalay was first reported missing.

Szalay is believed to have been crabbing without a boat, Paterson said.

Szalay’s body was brought ashore at the Rumson dock, adjacent to the borough hall, and transferred to the state police. An autopsy is scheduled, and the investigation continues, Grossman said.

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