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Death Investigation in Cape May

August 3, 2020

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Chief Anthony Marino of the Cape May Police Department announce a joint investigation into the death of an Erma man whose body was discovered in the surf in the area of Philadelphia Avenue in the City of Cape May.

On August 2, 2020 at 8:44 PM, the Cape May Police Department received a call of an unresponsive person in the water in the area of Jefferson Street and the beach. Patrol units immediately responded and conducted a search of the area but were unsuccessful in locating the unresponsive male. Detectives from the Cape May Police Department and the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office responded to the scene to assist with the investigation.

At approximately 1:30 AM on August 3, 2020, Police and Detectives found the body of an unresponsive male lying at the water’s edge between Madison and Philadelphia Avenues in Cape May. Further investigation revealed the deceased male was identified as Kevin L. Lare, 21 years old, of Erma, New Jersey. At the time of this release, this investigation is ongoing and there are no indications of foul play.

Prosecutor Sutherland and Chief Marino want to advise the public of the potential of dangerous rip currents and rough surf conditions throughout the County and to use caution while swimming in the ocean. According to Chief Marino, the Cape May Beach Patrol responded to and conducted 48 ocean rescues of swimmers during a two day period from August 1 st through August 2nd. The public is reminded not to swim during dangerous conditions, at night, or when life guards are not present.