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Fitzpatrick was a member of the Avalon Beach Patrol. Authorities have not identified a cause of death, but the investigation is being handled by the Cape May County Prosecutor's Office.
On Thursday afternoon, the prosecutor said Avalon police were called to the 23rd Avenue Beach at 7:30 a.m. Jan. 1 after a report of a body at the water’s edge. Investigators confirmed the identity of the man as Brett Fitzpatrick.
The Major Crimes Unit of the Prosecutor's Office and detectives from the Avalon Police Department interviewed several friends of the victim who had been with him recently.
The investigation continues and an autopsy is pending.
Prosecutor Robert Taylor asks the public to report any information concerning this investigation to the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-465-1168 or anonymously through the Cape May County Sheriff’s Tip Line at cmcsheriff.net and click on anonymous tip, or through the Cape May County Crime Stoppers at 609-465-2800 or 877-465-2801.