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Passaic River Search For Missing Lyndhurst Man Called Off

A car abandoned near the riverbank prompted the water search. Photo Credit: Jerry DeMarco
Vitorino Cirne Photo Credit: COURTESY: Lyndhurst PD

LYNDHURST, N.J. -- ( UPDATE ) Authorities called off a Passaic River search for a missing Lyndhurst man early Friday evening.

Vitoria Cirne is 5-foot-7 and 150 pounds, with brown eyes, brown and gray hair and a fair complexion, Lyndhurst Police Chief James O’Connor said Monday.

He was last seen wearing blue lounge pants and a black Adidas zippered front jacket with white stripes on the sleeves, the chief said.

Cirne, who works for the U.S. Postal Service in Kearny, drove off from his home sometime between 1:30-6 a.m. on Thursday and hadn’t been seen since, O’Connor said.

Anyone who sees or may have seen him or has information that could help find him is asked to contact Lyndhurst police: ( 201) 939-2900 .

O’Connor thanked Lyndhurst firefighters, the New Jersey State Police, the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office, Nutley and Maywood police and the Bergen County Regional Scuba Task Force.

“We ask that the privacy of the family be respected and all inquiries be directed to the Lyndhurst Police Department,” the chief added.

A car found abandoned on Riverside Avenue after the missing report came in prompted a Thursday night search up and down the riverbank with no success.

Then, on Friday, dive team members from fire departments in Mahwah, Oradell and Wallington converged on the river, along with colleagues from other towns, as family members anxiously awaited word.

"The recovery operation has been terminated with no results," one of them told Daily Voice just after 5:30 p.m. Friday.

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