Bodies Pulled From Passaic River off Kearny This Week Have Been Identified

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A family’s worst fears were realized earlier this afternoon, as authorities from the statte medical examiner’s office have now identified the bodies which were pulled out of the Passaic River off of the Kearny shoreline near Newark.

Officials said the victims, missing since September 1, were identified just around 2:30 p.m. as Nidhi Rana and Ayush Rana.  They had gone missing during the heavy flooding of Tropical Storm Ida last week.

Nidhi Rana was a first year, commuter student who attended Seton Hall University.  Ayush reportedly was Nidhi’s friend.  On Thursday, the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office said a man’s body had been found along Route 21, near milepost number five.

The extensive flooding from Ida has left 27 people confirmed dead in New Jersey, with several more missing a week following the storm.