Authorities said Wednesday that a body that washed up from the Delaware River on Tuesday night is not that of a Cumberland County fisherman missing since last week.

Delaware State Police said the body belongs to a 49-year-old Franklin Township, Gloucester County, man who jumped from the Delaware Memorial Bridge on Jan. 20.

The identification was made following an autopsy by the Delaware Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. Delaware State Police did not identify the man.

Josh Catlett, 24, of the Port Norris section of Commercial Township, went missing when the fishing boat on which he was working capsized in the Delaware Bay on April 4.

The 40-foot-long Linda Claire was dredging for conchs and blue crabs about six miles west of Cape May Point when it rolled over and sent Catlett and two other men into the cold water. New Jersey State Police said they believe the incident occurred after the boat’s dredge got caught on an underwater snag.

Delaware State Police said the body found around 9 p.m. Tuesday was discovered at Finn’s Point, an area that is along the eastern shore of the Delaware River in New Castle County, Del. Finn’s Point is on the southern reaches of the Delaware River, near where the waterway meets with Delaware Bay.

The area where the body was found is about 70 miles from Cape May Point.

Initial reports about the capsizing indicated that Catlett was not wearing a survival suit, which helps to keep a person dry and prevent hypothermia, when the accident occurred. The water temperature at the time was about 43 degrees.

The other people on the Linda Claire — Capt. Chris Serra, 27, of Vineland, and Dave Wood, 25, of Commercial Township — were rescued by crewmen from other fishing boats working near where the Linda Claire capsized.

Serra and Wood were later transferred to emergency medical services personnel ashore at U.S. Coast Guard Station Cape May.

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