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State Police Continue Search for Highlands Clammer by Air, Sea

Edward Broderick has been missing since 6 p.m. Saturday.

NJ State Police search Shrewsbury River for missing Highlands clammer as his submerged boat is removed from the water (Photo: Screenshot of Monmouth County Police, Fire & EMS Facebook page)
NJ State Police search Shrewsbury River for missing Highlands clammer as his submerged boat is removed from the water (Photo: Screenshot of Monmouth County Police, Fire & EMS Facebook page)

As state police prepared on Monday to remove a missing Highlands clammer's sunken boat from the Shrewsbury River, the search for him continued by air and sea.

As of the time Sunday night's search concluded, NJ State Police Spokesman Sgt. Adam Grossman said that state police divers had conducted an dive operation to search the submerged vessel's cabin area as well as a side-scan sonar to find Edward Broderick, who had been reported missing as of 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Side-scan sonar is used to capture sea floor images of a given area.

There has been no sign of Broderick, Grossman said, adding that police are investigating whether or not a collision with another vessel occurred to cause the submersion of Broderick's.

As of Monday morning, the state police aviation and boating units have been conducting a resumed search by air and water with no result as of yet. Broderick's boat was removed for further examination, Grossman added.

Broderick is described as a blonde white male in is mid- to late-30s standing about 5 feet, 9 inches tall and was last seen wearing free or gray sweatpants, the Monmouth County Police, Fire & EMS Facebook page says.

Grossman confirmed that, despite rumor, Broderick is the subject of the search.

He added that Sea Bright police are handling the missing persons investigation aspect of the case.

Patch will update this story as more information becomes available.

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