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NJ DAVID CIVILE: Missing from Little Silver, NJ - 17 November 2010 - Age 26

Discussion in 'Missing 2010 to 2014' started by Akoya, Aug 1, 2018.

  1. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member


    David was last seen around noon after entering the Shrewsbury River from Little Silver Point Road on a kayak on 11/17/2010. Remains located on 11/28/2012 by a contractor making dock repairs on Little Silver Point Road were subsequently identified as those of Mr. Civile. The cranium was not recovered therefore this case remains active in NamUs.
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    Case Information

    Missing Age 26 Years
    Current Age 33 Years
    First Name David
    Middle Name P.
    Last Name Civile

    Sex Male
    Race / EthnicityWhite / Caucasian
    Height 5' 1" (61 Inches)
    Weight 165 lbs

    Date of Last Contact November 17, 2010
    NamUs Case Created December 6, 2012

    Last Known Location Map
    Location Little Silver, New Jersey 07739
    County Monmouth County
    Circumstances of Disappearance Victim was last seen around noon after entering the Shrewsbury River from Little Silver Point Road on a kayak on 11/17/2010. Remains located on 11/28/2012 by a contractor making dock repairs on Little Silver Point Road were subsequently identified as those of Mr. Civile. The cranium was not recovered therefore this case remains active in NamUs.

    Physical Description
    Hair Color Brown
    Left Eye Color Hazel
    Right Eye Color Hazel
    Eye Description--
    Distinctive Physical Features
    No Known Information

    Clothing and Accessories




    Investigating Agencies
    (732) 747-5900
    Case Contributors
    Gregory Oliva, Law Enforcement
    No Agency Entered

    Pamela Reed, Regional Program Specialist
    UNT Center for Human Identification
  3. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member


    Little Silver
    New Jersey
  4. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    David was last seen around noon after entering the Shrewsbury River from Little Silver Point Road on a kayak on 11/17/2010.


    Little Silver Point Rd
    Little Silver, NJ 07739
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    Akoya Bronze Member



    Rumson firefighters shine floodlights on the Shrewsbury River from the Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge during the November, 2010 search for kayaker David Civile.
    (Click to enlarge)


    The remains of a Tinton Falls man who disappeared while kayaking in the Shrewsbury River two years ago have been found in Little Silver, New Jersey State Police announced Thursday.

    David Civile, 26, vanished after launching on a solo excursion on November 17, 2010, a blustery day. He was reported missing that night, when his kayak was found near the uninhabited Sedge Island, which lies between Sea Bright and Rumson on the Shrewsbury River.

    The report triggered an extensive, multi-day search that involved state and local police as well as the Coast Guard.

    From an announcement issued by the State Police shortly before 6 p.m. Thursday:

    On December 5, 2012, the Monmouth County Medical Examiners Office positively identified skeletal remains found in the Shrewsbury River as David Civile 28 [Editors note: Civile was 26 when he vanished], of Tinton Falls N.J.

    On November 28, 2012 at approximately 9:41 a.m., a contractor making repairs to a dock at a residence on Little Silver Point Road, called authorities and reported finding skeletal remains in the Shrewsbury River. The remains were located at the water line and in the river. Detectives from the New Jersey State Police Missing Persons Unit, Major Crimes Unit, Troop C Criminal Investigation Office, Crime Scene Unit, and Monmouth County Prosecutors were notified and responded to the scene.

    During the investigation, detectives were advised of a previous multi-agency search for a missing kayaker which had been conducted in the same area on November 17, 2010. The missing person was identified as David Civile, who had yet to be recovered.

    Using dental records, the Monmouth County Medical Examiners Office determined the remains to be those of Civile. The cause and manner of death is undetermined pending further investigation.
  6. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member


    Remains of Former Trader Joe's Manager David Civile Found in Shrewsbury River
    The Cranford native was the manager of Westfield's Trader Joe's at the time of his disappearance.

    By Christopher Sheldon, Patch Staff | Dec 7, 2012 2:45 pm ET | Updated Dec 7, 2012 2:47 pm ET


    Skeletal remains found in the Shrewsbury River have been identified as a Tinton Falls kayaker who had been missing since 2010, according to multiple news reports.

    The State Police said the remains have been identified, using dental records, as David Civile, 28.

    Police say a contractor making dock repairs on Little Silver Point Road in Little Silver on Nov. 28 found the remains.

    Civile launched his kayak onto the Shrewsbury River on November 17, 2010 off of Howard's Beach, a spit of sand towards the end of Little Silver Point Road.

    His kayak was found later that evening on an uninhabited island between Rumson and Sea Bright and for days, rescue teams searched the river for the 26-year old Tinton Falls resident who took off that warm November day into the cold river, surrounded by strong winds.

    Civile's family donated signage to be posted at the Howard's Beach location, as well as at Santelle Park, to help increase awareness of the potential water sporting dangers posed by the Shrewsbury River.

    , were on hand at the June 11 Little Silver Borough Council meeting to present the signs in his honor. Mayor Robert C. Neff, Jr. presented the family with a resolution in support of their efforts in return.

    Civile was the manager of the Trader Joe's in Westfield at the time of his disappearance. He was a native of Cranford, but moved to Tinton Falls in 2008.

    "David's accident has shaken up our family and everyone who knew him more than words could ever say," his sister told Patch in an e-mail in June. "But if we can prevent this from happening to just one person through education and awareness, then we believe our foundation has served its purpose."

    Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on Little Silver Patch
  7. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member


    Tinton Falls kayaker, 26, still missing in Shrewsbury River
    Updated November 20, 2010 at 6:25 PM; Posted November 20, 2010 at 5:10 PM

    By Bob Considine/The Star-Ledger


    Google MapsA map of the Shrewbury River and Little Silver, where a Tinton Falls man went missing during a kayaking expedition.

    LITTLE SILVER — The search for missing kayaker David Civile continued in the Shrewsbury River today, with family, friends and other civilians conducting their own searches with police authorities.

    “We’re all searching and praying,” said Laura Davies, Civile’s sister. “We’re just asking for people’s prayers. We just need this search to continue as a search and rescue and not as a recovery.”

    Civile, 26, of Tinton Falls, went missing after he went for a kayak ride Wednesday afternoon during windy conditions. Search and rescue boat crews from the State Police, TowBoat US and local authorities have continued daily since, according to State Police spokesman Sgt. Julian Castellanos.

    Castellanos did not know how long the search would continue. One area of focus has been the uninhabited Sedge Island, which sits between Sea Bright and Rumson on the river.

    Davies said she and her family were grateful of the support and efforts of authorities and volunteers who searched for any clues relating to Civile’s disappearance. Despite water temperatures in the lower 50s, she was holding out hope that Civile, a Cranford High School graduate who is employed at Trader Joe’s in Westfield, was still alive.

    “My brother is Superman,” said Davies, 29. “We’ve always marveled at him.”
  8. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member


    SUNDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2014
    David Civile Foundation for Boating Safety Awareness

    Continuation from last post about David Civile who died in a Kayak accident in November 2010.

    David’s parents, Joan and Richard Civile started a foundation for boating safety awareness in 2011 to honor his memory and to warn others of the dangers and spare another family from a tragic loss.
    The foundation also promotes the importance and proper use of personal floatation devices and knowledge of environmental factors such as air and water temperatures. “Knowledge through education, says David’s mother, Joan Civile, can save lives.” “We seek to inform all boaters but with a targeted emphasis on novice boaters using non-motorized recreational crafts, such as Kayaks and canoes.”
    By April 1 of last year, New Jersey officials posted safety boating signs at all its parks in Monmouth County. This is a result of David’s dedicated and loving family working with officials. The signs warn kayakers to consider their ability and weather conditions before embarking, to always wear a PFD, to carry a safety whistle, and to let others know of their boating plans.
    While the Civile family funded a few signs and presented them to the town of Little Silver, NJ, in 2011, the year following David’s death, the county parks system funded the signs that are posted in their parks. David’s sister says they continue to work on getting out boating safety messages in all other counties in the state.
    The kayak washed up that first night on a neighboring island. Family and friends searched for David for four days to no avail. It took two years for David’s remains to be found near where he launched his kayak. Once again the family was devastated.
    Joan says her family is so proud of David, through the way he embraced life. “David has taught us many lessons: to live life to the fullest, treat others with respect and courtesy, make the best of any situation, pursue your passions, find humor in everything, live with integrity and honor and remember to be happy with yourself.”
    They turned their unimaginable loss into something they hope all kayakers can benefit from. In particular they want retailers to focus more on safety, ask questions when a consumer buys a kayak, where they are planning to go, what river, ocean, lake? What time of year.? Encourage appropriate gear and necessary safety extras like a tether, a radio, and a light.
    “We are in the process of partnering with local retailers like EMS to develop Kayak safety kits which will include these items. We have also contacted manufacturers to ask them why such kits are not marketed more often and to keep the prices down so as not to deter customers, and to have a video and/or require boaters watch the short clip before leaving the store. The foundation is also sponsoring assemblies in schools on boating safety that will cover in and off season water temperatures with emphasis on wearing a life jacket. They also hope to encourage retailers to promote the purchase of a dry suit and other essentials.
    “The more knowledge boaters have, the better equipped they will be out in the water,” said David’s sister.
    At the heart of the mission is a loving family who misses their son and brother. “We know David’s memory will continue in our hearts and live forever and hope our mission will possibly spare another family from our tragic loss,” said Joan.

    I hope they have succeeded in their mission and wish them continued succeed in whatever they are able to do for others in David’s memory.
  9. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member


    Remains Found in Shrewsbury River Identified as David Civile, Former Manager of Westfield’s Trader Joe’s

    December 7, 2012 at 9:46 PM

    WESTFIELD, NJ—Skeletal remains found in the Shrewsbury River November 28 have been identified by state police as David P. Civile, the 26-year-old Tinton Falls man who worked at the time of his disappearance on November 17, 2010, as manager for Westfield’s Trader Joe’s.

    Civile was kyacking alone on the Shrewsbury River the day he disappeared and it has long been assumed that he died in a boating accident.

    According to the David P. Civile Foundation for Boating Safety Awareness, “Despite heroic search and rescue efforts by the Little Silver Police, Coast Guard, State Troopers, local kayak club members, family, friends and even strangers over a four day period, the realization began to set in that the chances of finding our David alive were no longer plausible.”

    Plaques dedicated to Civile are in all of the Trader Joe’s stores where he once worked.
  10. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member


    Tribute to David Civile's life
    They had a service for him last week. I found this on the internet. Gosh it was sad. Sincere condolences to his sister and all in his family. Hope he is found sooner than later.

    Celebrating Dave

    David Civile's Life Celebrated During St. Helen's Service

    Trader Joes manager, son of longtime St. Helen's organist, missing after kayaking accident at Shore.
    December 6, 2010

    Editor's Note: This tribute was written by the family of David Paul Civile. Civile, a Cranford native, was the manager of the Trader Joes in Westfield and his father is the long time organist at St. Helen's.

    Through humorous recollections while fighting back tears, friends and relatives painted a picture of a charismatic young man with a characteristic laugh at a Celebration of Life memorial service for 26-year-old Cranford native David Civile Saturday at St. Helen's Church.

    "Next to my husband Jon, Dave is my best friend, my light, my world, and my superman," said sister Laura Davies, who also demonstrated her brother David's signature laugh by throwing back her head with a "ha!" that many family members and friends recognized with a chuckle.

    Mr. Civile disappeared during a kayak trip down the Shewsbury River on Nov. 17. Authorities searched for him for four days but turned up nothing. The search for his body continues.

    Family members paid tribute to David as they fondly recalled his uniqueness, his positive attitude and the profound effect he had on others through his compassion and sensitivity.

    They also poked fun at his nuances and penchant for fine living. He drove a beloved black BMW sports car. With his dad, he watched and laughed heartily at DVDs of their favorite show "Frasier," even lounging around in a leather chair he purchased for his townhouse in Tinton Falls, "an authentic copy of the one Frasier had in his Seattle apartment" remarked his uncle, Robert Civile.

    "Authenticity - it's a word that kept coming to my mind as I reminisced about David this week because that aptly describes David," his uncle shared in his tribute.

    He steamed lattes for family and friends with his espresso machine that he had set up in his bedroom at his parents' house in Cranford, along with an electric fireplace. David's room was equally as cosmopolitan as the "Frasier" set, cousin Robb Canning recalled. "It was like I stepped into a Starbucks. Rich, deep colors on the wall, with David nonchalantly asking 'can I get you a latte?'"

    Employees of Trader Joe's stores from across Passaic, Morris, Union, and Mercer counties attended the service and paid tribute to their colleague and manager. Many wore Hawaiian shirts to show solidarity and respect to a man who both befriended and inspired them.

    "Funny", "supportive", "hard-working", "smart", "handsome" were just some of the attributes shared by the Trader Joe's crew as they mingled after the service to share stories and offer each other consolation.

    "He was just incredible," said Robin Iosco, a coworker of Civile's at Trader Joe's in Wayne, in a separate interview with Cranford Patch.

    David also reveled in nature, according to the tribute paid by his girlfriend Hannah Schranz. She noted how David possessed a deep admiration and appreciation for an autumn day or a full moon.

    The couple had recently purchased a 1,000-word jigsaw puzzle, depicting an ocean scene, complete with a sailboat, waves crashing on the shore and a single Adirondack chair. Ms. Schranz imagines he's somewhere similar now. "Sitting in that chair, taking in the ocean breeze," she envisioned to the nearly 1,000 people who had gathered in St. Helen's to pay their respect to a beloved family member and friend. Besides the loving tribute from family members, including the celebrant, Fr. Gene Squeo who was David's cousin, members of St. Helen's worship team provided music personally picked out by the family.

    "The song, 'Grown-Up Christmas List' was one of David's favorite at Christmas," explained Fr. Squeo, who also shared a touching re-telling of the "Freddy the Leaf" story and the lesson all could learn from it.

    Family members also recalled a compassionate individual that, as a young child, took care of his sick grandfather, expressed a deep-seated faith in God and maintained a close-knit relationship with his family. This faith in God was a recurring theme in the tributes paid by two of David's uncles, Robert and George Civile. "David was not lost," expressed his uncle Robert. "True, we couldn't find him, but Jesus found him."

    And David's uncle George focused on the reward of eternal life for those who have placed their trust in Jesus. "David is with the Lord and he wants us all to know that he is okay and is waiting for the day when we all can be together with him," George assured all who listened attentively to his words of hope and comfort.

    The most moving moment of the celebration came at the end, from an open letter written by David's mom, Joan Civile. "The joy and love I've shared with you these past 26 years has been, in your own words, amazing," she wrote in a letter to David read aloud at the service.

    And no matter what life threw at him, relatives said David stayed positive. "He really had this unique ability to stay happy no matter what he was doing," said Canning, whose theme was about the life lessons that David's life provided.

    Born on Oct. 11, 1984 in Muhlenberg Hospital, David Civile grew up in Cranford and graduated high school in 2003. Cranford remained his home for 24 years, until he moved to Tinton Falls in 2008. He received a degree in business management from Kean University, and worked as a Trader Joe's store manager in Wayne, Westfield, Florham Park and Princeton.

    Although he passed away, friends and family do agree that, even at such a young age, David had lived his life to the fullest and was a beacon of Christian faith and hope. Canning implored the audience to live by his example.

    "You do have a choice on how to live your life," Canning said. "Choose happiness."
    About this column:
    In this column, Patch explores notable individuals in the Cranford community, both past and present.
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    Warning signs aim to prevent river tragedies
    Staff Writer

    May 14, 2015


    Red Bank Councilwoman Cindy Burnham, left, and boating accident victim David Civile’s family, sister Laura Davies, father Rich Civile and mother Joan Civile hold a new boating safety sign at Maple Cove.COURTESY OF CINDY BURNHAMThree warning signs have been installed at points along the river in Red Bank to prevent fatal boating accidents like the one that claimed the life of David Civile.

    On May 6, the signs were placed at three borough sites — Maple Cove, Marine Park and a launch site on Chapin Avenue — warning boaters about unpredictable winds, currents and water temperatures, and reminding them to always wear life jackets.

    Donated by the David P. Civile Foundation for Boating Awareness, the signs were installed in response to the loss of Civile on Nov. 17, 2010.

    Three weeks after buying a kayak, the 26-year-old Tinton Falls resident took his kayak out on the Shrewsbury River and lost his life.

    “After David’s tragic accident, we just felt there was such a need for education, especially for nonmotor rides like kayaks and canoes,” said David’s mother, Joan Civile.

    “We needed to prevent this from ever happening again. … Unfortunately, with nonmotorized craft, there’s really nothing required. You can buy a kayak anywhere, and there’s nothing required because there’s no motor.”

    She noted that her son — a beloved manager at Trader Joe’s — was in great shape and loved the outdoors, but he was unprepared in the face of severe winds and cold water temperatures.

    “I remember telling him, ‘What about the wind?’ ” Civile said. “And he said, ‘Mom, if it’s bad in an hour, I’ll come back. If it’s too bad, I’ll just come back. I’ll be fine.’ “We really thought he would be fine. But unfortunately, something happened while he was out on the river. … He wasn’t aware of the conditions and what he needed to do to survive. He didn’t have a life vest on, which is so important.”

    Despite search and rescue efforts by the Little Silver police, U.S. Coast Guard, New Jersey state troopers, boating group members, family, friends and strangers, David’s remains were not found until more than two years later on Dec. 5, 2012.

    According to Civile, there are three reasons why people feel they don’t need to wear a life vest.

    “One is that they can swim, so they think they’ll be OK,” she said. “The second is they see land, and they’re close to the shore — and when [David] went out in the river, there was land all over. And third, they figure that in an emergency they will be able to put it on. So unfortunately, there’s such a false sense of security among kayakers and canoers.”

    In 2013, after meeting with the staff of the Monmouth County Park System and state Sen. Jennifer Back (R-Monmouth), the foundation began installing the warning signs in Shore towns including Little Silver, Long Branch, Rumson, Point Pleasant and Fair Haven.

    The foundation also donates life vests to first-time kayak buyers.

    The initiative to install signs in Red Bank began after Joan Civile approached Councilwoman Cindy Burnham at the 2014 Paddle the Navesink Day, an annual event held to educate the community about boating activities.

    “I hope that people, including myself, wear our life vests more,” Burnham said. “Even myself, I don’t wear my life vest all the time. I do when I take people out, but I don’t do it all the time, and you really have to do it all the time because you never know.

    “This is why they call them accidents. But if you’re prepared and you know what you’re doing, and you don’t panic and you wear your life vest, and you’re aware of the winds and the changes and the current, you’ll be OK.”

    Civile said she wants to put signs in as many places as she can, and she encourages people to reach out to her if they have a suggested location for a sign.

    “We want people to see them and put on a life jacket, and not have that false sense of security that everyone seems to have,” Civile said. “I even see commercials, and people will be kayaking and canoeing with no life vest. It is beautiful, and it is serene, but people have to be educated before they go out there.”

    For more information about the foundation and boating safety awareness, visit www.thedavidpcivilefoundation.org.
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    View of the Shrewsbury River, New Jersey



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