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Search for Man Seen in Princeton Lake to Resume Wednesday

Princeton Township police said late Tuesday that two people saw a white male with long, dark hair and black clothes, in Carnegie Lake.

The search will resume on Wednesday (Oct. 3) for a person described as a white male with long, dark hair and black clothes, after two separate people confirmed to police they saw the man in Carnegie Lake late Tuesday afternoon, Princeton Township Police Sgt. Michael Cifelli said.

Police closed off a portion of lower Harrison Street on Tuesday evening and rescue crews and a dive team spent three hours conducting a grid search of Carnegie Lake after a passing motorist reported seeing a man in the lake shortly before 5 p.m. 

Dive teams called off a search of the area around 8:30 p.m. after debris in the water during the nighttime search caused a safety concern for the divers. 

The water is about seven to 10 feet deep in that area with a muddy silt floor, Cifelli said. The current was weak at the time of the report. 

"We received a call of a person in the water," Cifelli said. "We're following up on the credibility of the statement, but in the meantime we have to do due diligence to make sure if there is someone in the water, we do everything to help them."

Despite the search, crews found nothing in the water on Tuesday. Police were interviewing both witnesses late Tuesday night. 

Anyone with information about the incident or may have seen anything should contact Princeton Township Police at 609-921-2100. 

Fire police closed off Harrison Street between Faculty Road and Route 1 while the search was conducted. 

Princeton University Public Safety, Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad, Cranbury First Aid, Princeton Fire Department, Trenton Fire Department Dive Team and Prospect Heights Fire Department also responded to the scene. 


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