Search suspended for missing man off East Matunuck State Beach

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SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) — The search for man who went missing off the coast of East Matunuck State Beach was suspended Monday afternoon.

The U.S. Coast Guard began searching the waters early Monday morning after the R.I. Department of Environmental Management (DEM) learned a person who went into the ocean Sunday night never returned to shore.

“We have evidence indicating that an individual entered the water sometime between 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.,” DEM’s Adam Hill said.

Hill said park rangers found the man’s vehicle in the beach parking lot around 10:30 p.m. Sunday night.

After scouring the water and coastline for nearly 13 hours, the search for the missing man was called off.

The specifics surrounding the man’s dissappearance remain unknown at this time.

“We’re going off of where the car was found,” Hill said.

A spokesperson with the U.S. Coast Guard tells 12 News they have identified the man, however, they are not releasing his name at this time.

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