Missing swimmers

Search continues Friday morning for two teen swimmer missing off the beach in Atlantic City, Friday, June 16, 2017

Erin Serpico / STAFF WRITER

ATLANTIC CITY — The body of one of the two missing teens pulled off the coast here by strong currents Thursday was found on a Margate beach Monday morning, authorities said.

The body of 16-year-old Kaliy-ah Hand, of Atlantic City, was located on the Jefferson Avenue beach, more than five miles down the shore from where the teens disappeared, according to the Atlantic City police.

The other teen who went missing, Ramon Quinn, 15, of Pleasantville, has not yet been located.

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At 5:03 a.m., a Margate police officer located the body on the beach, and Dr. Gerald Feigin, of the Southern Regional Medical Examiner’s Office, performed the autopsy and identified the victim as Kaliy-ah.

Her family has been notified.

At 6:27 p.m. Thursday, a call came in to police that two swimmers were struggling in the ocean at Martin Luther King Boulevard, police Sgt. Kevin Fair said.

Rescuers searched the waters until after 10 p.m. Thursday while about 100 people waited on the beach to hear an update about the two. The search continued on land and in the water on Friday, Saturday and Sunday as both families waited for news.

Witnesses and police said the two were in the ocean with a group of friends when Kaliy-ah began to struggle in a rip current. Quinn stayed behind to help Hand get out of the current, but both got pulled in, toward the jetty and under water, officials said.

The two teens were swimming just before a tide change, Atlantic City Beach Patrol Chief Steve Downey said Friday, which also proved risky in that area near a jetty and rock pile.

In June 2012, rescuers searched the same beach for Khitan Devine, a 10-year-old boy who disappeared in the ocean. Devine’s body washed up in Margate three days later.

Kaliy-ah’s father, Dirk Spence, 45, of Atlantic City, said Monday that Kaliy-ah is in a better place, but his grieving process cannot fully begin until Quinn is found. Spence called Quinn a hero last week.

“My daughter is found, but those two are like family to each other,” Spence said. “Nobody can start healing yet.”

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: 609-272-7239 eserpico@pressofac.com Twitter @ACPressSerpico

Covering breaking news for The Press of Atlantic City since September 2016. Graduate of the University of Maryland, Central Jersey native.

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