Police confirm Kennedy Rios died accidentally

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Kennedy Rios, 21, of Ventnor, died accidentially. Kennedy Rios, 21, of Ventnor, died accidentially. VENTNOR – New Jersey State Police confirmed today that Kennedy Rios, 21, who was missing for nearly three months, died accidentally. Rios’ body was pulled from the water’s edge near the Ventnor Rowing Club on Friday afternoon. His body was found by a high school crew coach. An autopsy performed by Dr. Ian Hood at Shore Memorial Hospital on Saturday morning, March 29 indicated he died from accidental drowning and hypothermia.

“There is nothing suspicious about his death,” Trooper Jeff Flynn, a State Police spokesperson, said this morning.

Flynn said Rios was in the same clothing he was wearing when he disappeared and he had identification in his pocket. His identity was also confirmed by a tattoo of a flame with a Roman numeral on his left arm.

Rios of Troy Avenue disappeared shortly after midnight on Jan. 8 after he left a poker and drinking party at a friend’s house on Victoria Avenue. He left without his coat, hat, gloves and cell phone. The temperature was 10 degrees and it was windy.

His family called police at 5 p.m. the next day after he failed to show up for his job as a houseman on the swing shift at Borgata.

He was last seen on a video recording captured by a security camera at Carisbrooke Inn at the corner of Victoria and Ventnor avenues, about 10 blocks from his home. He was walking westbound on the 5400-block of Ventnor Avenue.

The Atlantic City K-9 Unit tracked Rios’s scent across the Dorset Avenue bridge to Ski Beach at the end of Dorset Avenue. Two searches by NJ State Marine Police turned up nothing.

Family members continued their search and canvassed the neighborhood in the weeks following his disappearance, but obtained no leads.


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