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Homeless man pulled from Hackensack River identified

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YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A state medical examiner said she’s awaiting toxicology test results to rule how a 55-year-old homeless man whose body was pulled from the Hackensack River died, although a city police official said there are no immediate signs of foul play.

After contacting his brother, city police identified the dead man this afternoon as James King.

The 6-foot King, who has been living at the homeless shelter in Hackensack, originally is from Bogota and has family in Bergen County.

A police source with knowledge of the incident said King apparently fell asleep or passed out and ended up in the river either by accident or when the tide rose.

A man walking across the Anderson Street Bridge a little after 5 o’clock Sunday night spotted the body and dialed 911.

Hackensack police and fire personnel retrieved it.

Officers later canvassed the areas where the homeless congregate with a photo of King and identified him quickly, thanks to a series of distinctive tattoos.

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