Beach erosion

Beach erosion at Rhode Island Ave in front of Revel, in Atlantic City day after Stella storm Wednesday March 15, 2017. (The Press of Atlantic City / Edward Lea Staff Photographer)

Edward Lea / Staff Photographer

ATLANTIC CITY — The body found Thursday on the beach in front of the former Revel Casino Hotel has been identified as the swimmer who went missing Tuesday, police said.

The city Police and Fire departments and Beach Patrol responded to the 500 block of the beach after people walking along it reported seeing a body floating in the ocean, Sgt. Kevin Fair said.

The body was identified as Jeffrey Wilkens, 31, of Illinois, Fair said.

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Wilkens had been missing since entering the water at about 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, Fair said.

City police responded at 9:43 p.m. Tuesday to the 1000 block of the beach, near Steel Pier, for a report of a missing swimmer.

The United States Coast Guard and New Jersey State Police assisted in the search for Wilkens by sea and air before it was suspended late Wednesday night.

Staff writer Waldy Diez contributed to this report.

Twenty years as a staff writer in the features department, specializing in entertainment and the arts at The Press of Atlantic City.

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