Body of Philadelphia-area attorney pulled from bay in New Jersey

A prominent Philadelphia-area lawyer died after authorities found his body floating in a bay in Longport, New Jersey on Friday.

Officers from the Longport Police Department were called to the area of 22nd Avenue and the bay around 7:30 p.m. for a welfare check after 60-year-old Andrew Stern was reported missing, according to police.

A short time later, police said multiple people reported seeing a body floating in the bay near 33rd Avenue. The U.S. Coast Guard pulled the body from the water near Monroe Avenue in Margate and began lifesaving efforts. 

Authorities say 60-year-old Andrew Stern, a Philadelphia attorney, was found floating in a bay off Margate Friday evening.

Police say Stern died from his injuries early Saturday morning. No foul play is suspected at this time, according to authorities. 

"Andy and I started working together almost a decade ago and he was my mentor, my colleague, and my friend," Liz Crawford said. 

"I take great heart in leading Stern Crawford into the future in honor of his 35+ year legacy as a passionate trial lawyer who truly cared about his clients, for whom he became a trusted friend and advocate."

Stern is survived by his wife, Gwen, and their three children. 



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