Egg Harbor Township police have suspended the search for a person reported to have fallen from the sky Tuesday afternoon in the Cardiff section of the township until they have more information.

At about 3:20 p.m. Tuesday, police received reports from three "credible witnesses" at Shore Veterinarians North on the Black Horse Pike that a person appeared free-falling from the sky headfirst, without a parachute.

Police, the U.S. Coast Guard and State Police searched from the ground and the sky in an area bordered by the Black Horse Pike, Atlantic City Expressway, Uibel Avenue and English Creek Avenue, but nothing was found and the search was suspended at about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday because of darkness. No further efforts were launched Wednesday.

Egg Harbor Township police Sgt. Robert Gray said he could not comment on the ongoing investigation, but said "I can assure you that (investigators have) been in contact with the FAA, getting as much information as they can about that time period."

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Arlene Salac said "at this point we are not involved in this investigation and have not provided any data to any entities."

The Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office also is involved in the investigation and was on the scene Tuesday, but spokeswoman Madelaine Vitale said the township police department is the lead agency.

Police are seeking anyone who saw similar activity in the sky over the Cardiff section of the township at about 3:20 p.m. Tuesday.

Contact Sarah Watson:

609-272-7216

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