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Man found floating in Hempstead Harbor ID’d, cops say

The body of Ralph G. Fletcher III was

The body of Ralph G. Fletcher III was found floating in Hempstead Harbor, police said. Credit: NCPD

Nassau County police have identified the body of a man found in the water at the mouth of Hempstead Harbor, a spokeswoman said.

Homicide Squad detectives have identified him as Ralph G. Fletcher III, 58, police said Monday night.

His body was found June 9 and was recovered later from Hempstead Harbor by marine bureau officers. The discovery came close to a week after a search for a boater who had been reported missing.

Watch standers at Coast Guard Sector New York had been notified of a grounded 21-foot boat in Sands Point with a live dog aboard, according to the Coast Guard news release.

Several personal items belonging to Fletcher were found aboard, including his cellphone, wallet and keys.

With Deborah S. Morris

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