UPDATE: Body of 24-year-old Hoboken resident Matthew Genovese pulled from Hudson River Tuesday

HOBOKEN – The body of Matthew Genovese, 24, was found on Tuesday afternoon in the Hudson River, four days after he was last seen on Saturday, Jan. 23 leaving McSwiggan’s Pub in Hoboken. At a press conference at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Hoboken Police Chief Kenneth Ferrante confirmed he was pulled by the New York Harbor Patrol after 1 p.m.
Earlier in the day, police had said, “Matt was last seen leaving [the pub] between 10:30 and 11:30 p.m. on the night of Saturday, January 23 by three of his friends. He last stated that he was walking home—a brief, familiar ten minute walk up the street.”
Genovese, who was last seen near the pub on First Street, is described as a Caucasian male, slim (150 pounds, 5 foot 3 inches) with brown eyes and short black hair. The last time his friends saw him, Genovese was wearing a gray Fordham t-shirt with maroon text beneath a red/orange/grey flannel and tan khaki pants with tan Timberland boots.
Saturday was the day of the blizzard.
Hoboken is becoming an increasingly popular destination for post-college people to live and dine.
Two years ago, in March of 2014, a 27-year-old Hoboken resident named Andrew Jarzyk disappeared after drinking with friends at a Hoboken bar/restaurant on a stormy Saturday night. He went for a jog near the waterfront in the wee hours and was not heard from since. A month later, his body was found floating in the river near the Hoboken train terminal.
Police said that on Monday, the day before they found the body, they found Genovese’s keys and wallet on Pier A.
Ferrante said that police could not confirm that alcohol played a role. When a reporter asked if suicide had been ruled out, Ferrante said there was no visible evidence of trauma or foul play at the scene, but the medical examiner’s office is looking into the death. He did not comment further.
McSwiggan’s is located in the south area of the city where many bars are concentrated. It’s a block from City Hall and from the famous Carlo’s Bakery of TV fame, and is four blocks from the river.
One can find many stories on the internet of men in their twenties who have gone missing after a night with friends and been found in bodies of water. Various theories can be found, but some just say that it is often (not always) a result of impaired judgment due to alcohol consumption.

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