A Linden man last seen more than a week ago was found dead, local officials announced.
A massive search was launched for Jeffrey Mendoza, who was reported missing around 9:45 p.m. Feb. 21.
Linden Mayor Derek Armstead on March 2 announced that Mendoza had died.
"This is not the news we had hoped for Linden," the mayor wrote.
"We waited to update you on this tragic news out of concern and respect for the family.
"Now that everyone has been notified, on behalf of the City of Linden, we are deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Jeffrey Mendoza, a young man with such a bright future and who had so much to offer this world."
Circumstances around his death were not made public.
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