A body was pulled from the water off a pier in Long Beach Thursday morning. Long Beach Police Commissioner Ronald J. Walsh Jr. said the body is believed to be that of a 75-year-old man who was last seen by his family earlier Thursday. Credit: Johnny Milano, James Staubitser

A body pulled out of the waters off Long Beach on Thursday morning matches the description of a 75-year-old man reported missing by his family hours earlier, Long Beach Police Commissioner Ronald J. Walsh Jr. said. 

The clothing on the body matches that of the missing person, Walsh said at a news conference Thursday afternoon at the Magnolia Pier in Long Beach, not far from where the body was pulled from the water. Walsh declined to identify the man because his family was still in the process of identifying the body.

“There does not appear to be at this time any signs of foul play, although that is going to be fully investigated,” Walsh said.

The man’s family told authorities that the man, wearing tan slippers, a gray pajama bottom and a blue T-shirt, was last seen around 3 a.m. on Thursday. The family notified police about the man’s disappearance at 7:51 a.m. and began an immediate search, aided by the Nassau police missing persons and marine officers units as well as the Long Beach Fire Department, Town of Hempstead bay constables, the U.S. Coast Guard and other agencies. 

Nassau Marine 6 found the body in the water near the Magnolia Pier around 10:15 a.m., according to Walsh. “It is believed to be the man who went missing,” he said.

With Joan Gralla and Johnny Milano

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