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Ridgefield Park Pizzeria Cook From Hackensack Found Drowned In Passaic River

Harrison firefighters recovered the body from the Passaic River near the PSE&G lot around 5:30 p.m.
Harrison firefighters recovered the body from the Passaic River near the PSE&G lot around 5:30 p.m. Photo Credit: COURTESY: Harrison FD

Authorities were trying to determine how a Hackensack cook who worked at a popular Ridgefield Park pizzeria drowned in the Passaic River on the Fourth of July.

Someone spotted the 30-year-old victim’s body on the Harrison side of the river from Raymond Boulevard in Newark just after 4:45 p.m., responders said.

Harrison firefighters recovered the body near the PSE&G lot about 40 minutes later.

The cook, who worked at Dante's Pizzeria & Restaurant on Main Street, had been watching a World Cup soccer match at a local tavern earlier.

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