State Police Identify Missing Swimmer, Continue Search in Lake Hopatcong

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State Police have identified the missing swimmer that's the focus of a multi-day search in Lake Hopatcong. According to the New Jersey State Police's Facebook page, Avinash Kuna, of Parsippany, was in a pontoon boat with three friends on Saturday, June 1 when he entered the water voluntarily and started to struggle to stay afloat.

As reported by, Kuna's friends said he yelled that something was pulling him down and screamed for help. They were unable to pull him to safety before the 32-year-old went underwater and didn't resurface.

Troopers from the Marine Services Bureau, with the assistance of State Police Aviation, Missing Persons, T.E.A.M.S. Units, and the Jefferson Fire Department, have been attempting to locate Kuna's body. They reportedly resumed searching this morning at 9 a.m. with troopers from the Canine Unit.

A GoFundMe page has been set up by Kuna’s friends to raise money to send his body back to India once it is found.

Read the story here and the NJ State Police's press release below.

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