TOMS RIVER, NJ – On Wednesday, October 7th, 2020 Toms River Police were contacted for a report of Wayne Kovacs, 55 of Toms River, as a missing person. Investigation revealed the last contact with Mr. Kovacs was at 11:30 pm on Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020. Toms River Police detectives were able to identify the area they believed Mr. Kovacs may be located. When Detective Tom Grosse and Detective John Turner approached Silver Lake in Belmar they noticed a small amount of oil in the lake and requested the NJSP Missing Persons Unit and NJSP Marine Unit to assist in searching the lake with their side-scanning sonar equipment for a vehicle.
On Thursday, October 22nd, 2020 the vehicle Mr. Kovacs was allegedly driving was pulled by NJSP TEAMS Unit from Silver Lake in Belmar with a body inside. The victim has been preliminarily identified by detectives as Wayne Kovacs and is awaiting the medical examiner’s report for cause and manner of death. At this time there appears to be nothing suspicious, investigation is ongoing at this time.
“We would like to thank the Belmar Police Department, New Jersey State Police, Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, and the Middlesex County Medical Examiner’s Office for their assistance in this investigation,” the Toms River police department said.