Police spent much of the day interviewing friends and relatives of the victims, who have declined to be interviewed as they struggled with their grief. So far, the investigation continues and the question remains ? how did a night out at the Hudson waterfront have a fatal ending for the two victims?
Police pulled the two bodies out of the water within 20 minutes of each other Sunday morning. Throughout the day, investigators and the regional medical examiner worked to find out how the victims ended up in the Hudson River and exactly how they died.
The victims have been identified as Elias Serrano and Edwin Cruise, Jr. of Newark. Family members and relatives are being questioned by Hoboken Police detectives. One of them identified as a brother of Serrano reportedly told police that the 20-year-old was meeting with friends on Saturday night in Hoboken at an undisclosed location.
The waterfront is lined with bars and restaurants. Though the timing of the death is unclear, police say they were called to the scene at 5:35 Sunday morning by a friend of the victims who told them they had been out to a bar. Drinking has not been confirmed as a factor in the deaths.
The Medical Examiner's office has completed one of the autopsies, and so far, foul play has been ruled out as a cause of death.
Eyewitness News is told that the cause of death will be released on Monday with the completion of a second autopsy, and after the families have been told of how the two men died.