The Ocean County Medical Examiner has determined that a Pine Beach man whose body was discovered in Double Trouble State Park Monday committed suicide, Ocean County Executive Assistant Prosecutor Michel A. Paulhus said.
State Park Police found the body of Daniel L. Rinaldi, Jr. 66, off a walking trail shortly after midnight on Monday. He had been reported missing on Saturday, Paulhus said.
Paulhus declined to release the manner of death, other than to say it was a suicide.
"Beyond that, I'm not going to say anything," he said.
Park Police found a solitary car in the parking lot on Monday, after the park closed.
They ran a motor vehicle check and were able to determine that the owner's name was the same as the person reported missing, Paulhus said.
Park Police began to search the park and located the body at 12:34 a.m., he said.
The man's death is the second incident of someone in distress at Double Trouble in less than a year.
Dona Timoney - a postal worker at the Pine Beach Post Office - suffered a brain aneurysm last June while walking her dog down a sugar sand path near the cranberry bogs.
Her dog Lily ran up the path to a walker and led him to her owner farther down the path. Timoney died two weeks after the incident.