A body found washed ashore Wednesday morning on the beach in Ocean City, N.J., has been identified as a sea tow operator missing since his boat sank last week, authorities said.

A spokesman for the New Jersey state police said the deceased had been identified as David McAuliffe, of Egg Harbor Township, whose boat went down off Ocean City on April 23.

The body was discovered by Ocean City employees working on the beach about 6 a.m. near 25th Street, about two miles from where the tow boat was recovered Thursday.

An autopsy confirmed that McAuliffe drowned and the death has been ruled accidental, authorities said.

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