Missing graduate's body found in N.J.

Maryland

June 29, 2006

The body of an 18-year-old high school graduate who disappeared during a trip to Ocean City was found by a fisherman Tuesday in the waters of Cape May Harbor Inlet in New Jersey, police in the Maryland resort city announced yesterday evening.

Nicholas Gochnour of Elkton was in Ocean City celebrating senior week with fellow graduates of Elkton High School when he was reported missing June 15, Ocean City police said.

Barry Neeb, a spokesman for the Ocean City Police Department, said Gochnour was staying with three friends at the Quality Inn at 17th Street and was last reported seen June 14. Neeb said Gochnour left behind his wallet and personal belongings.

About 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, a fisherman found the partially decomposed body that was dressed in a shirt, boxer shorts, shoes and socks, Neeb said.

The body was taken to the medical examiner's office in Cape May County, N.J., and an autopsy was performed. While the identity was confirmed, the cause of death had not been determined, Neeb said.

The U.S. Coast Guard is trying to determine whether the body could have floated from the Maryland coast to Cape May.

Sun reporter Tyrone Richardson and The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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