UPDATE: Body believed to be that of Corinthian Hammond

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Ocean City police said that they believe a body found today to be that of Corinthian “Cory” Hammond, missing since Sunday night. 

The body was recovered around 12:30 p.m. in Longport’s Rainbow Channel about a quarter of a mile from the Ocean City-Longport Bridge. The body was handed over to the Ocean City Police. 

Lt. Cmdr. CK Moore of the Coast Guard Station Atlantic City said this afternoon that there has not yet been a positive identification of the remains as those of Corinthian Hammond, but most on the scene assumed it was, he acknowledged.

Moore said he hopes that if it does turn out to be Hammond's body, the recovery could offer some small amount of peace and closure to his family in a tragic time. 

Hammond, 14, of Philadelphia, was swept up in a strong rip current at the Ninth Street beach in Ocean City, along with 14 others, a little before 7 p.m. on Sunday. Lifeguards were off duty at the time, but a quick response team that responded to several 911 calls were able to bring the other swimmers safely to shore. That included some who entered the water in an attempt to help the young people out of the rip, only to get caught themselves.

When it was discovered that Hammond was not among those rescued, a massive search was launched, including lifeguards, Ocean City Police, the Coast Guard and the Marine Police. The search resumed on Monday morning, but was eventually suspended.

Media reports indicate his family has kept a vigil at beach.

In a statement released today, Ocean City Police said the investigation is being conducted by the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, the Cape May County Medical Examiner's Office, and the Ocean City Police Department. 

The body was found Thursday by a private boater, according to the state police. Troopers from the state police Atlantic City Marine Station recovered the body. The Coast Guard also responded to the scene.

Moore said there have been no other reports of anyone missing in the region. 

In the press release Thursday afternoon, Ocean City Police stated that the body is believed to be that of Corinthian Hammond. 


Staff writer Nanette LoBiondo Galloway contributed to this story.

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