A 61-year-old Marmora man has been identified as the person found dead in the waters in Sea Isle City Thursday afternoon.

State Police spokesman Sgt. Brian Polite said Norman Remsen was the man found floating in the water between 42nd and 43rd Place shortly after noon Thursday.

An autopsy has yet to be conducted to determine the cause of death. Polite declined to comment further on the situation noting it’s an open investigation. Police have said there was no sign of foul play.

Remsen was a carpenter who did a lot of work in Cape May County — especially during the summer — but blues guitar was his true passion, his friend and former band mate Robert Gollihur, of Ocean View, said in a phone interview Friday night.

“That was his love,” Gollihur said. “He worked very hard to be a good guitar player.”

Remsen was a great guy who always had a story to tell, Gollihur said. He believed his friend had a sister who lived in the area but was not aware of any other family members.

Gollihur said he did not know why Remsen was in Sea Isle on Thursday.

“I was as shocked as anybody could be (upon hearing the news),” he said. “He was a very vital, energetic person.”

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