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Body recovered from water at West Milford park identified as missing 21-year-old

Posted at 6:51 PM, Apr 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-10 18:51:37-04
(Wajhat Yoqoob Rescue Mission Facebook)

(Wajhat Yoqoob Rescue Mission Facebook)

WEST MILFORD, N.J. — Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia Valdes announced Sunday that the body found in the water at a state park is that of a missing Jersey City man.

The body was recovered from the water around 4 p.m., Saturday at Long Pond Ironworks State Park, also known as “The Mine Hole” in West Milford.

Officials confirmed that the body was that of Wajhat Yaqoob, 21, of Jersey City.

Yaqoob was reported missing on March 10 after he went swimming with friends and submerged and never resurfaced.

A Facebook page dedicated to searching for Yaqoob posted a statement Saturday afternoon.

“The amount of pain the family and friends of Wajhat Yaqoob went through for this last month is indescribable. However we received closure today, the body of Wajhat has been found,” the statement read. reports that Yaqoob was working full-time at a Dunkin’ Donuts in Newark and was an aspiring doctor. He was saving up money to return to Pakistan, where his family is originally from, to pursue medicine.