Police in Egg Harbor Township are investigating the death of a long-time resident whose body was found in the bay on Wednesday.

According to a press release, the body of 71-year-old Capt. Edward Cairns was located in a muddy area between a dock and some marshland during low tide Wednesday morning in the area of the Graef Boat Yard on Longport Blvd.

A preliminary investigation suggests that there was no foul play, however, officials are still determining the cause of death.

Police say Cairns lived on his vessel and was a well-known resident of the area for more than 30 years.

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Anyone with information is asked to contact EHT Police at (609) 926-4051.

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