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Man drowns at Oxford Furnace Lake Recreation Area in Warren County

OXFORD TOWNSHIP, NJ (Warren County) – A New York man drowned at Oxford Furnace Lake Recreation Area in Warren County Sunday afternoon, according to the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office.

On July 23, Juan Flores-Rojas, 51, of Queens was visiting Oxford Furnace Lake Recreation Area with a group of approximately 30 family and friends, authorities said.

At around 3:00 p.m., as the group was preparing to leave, they noticed that Flores-Rojas was not present. When he could not be found, the group and staff of the recreation area began searching for him, the prosecutor’s office said.

A short while later, Flores-Rojas was discovered in the roped-in swimming area unconscious and soon after pronounced dead. His death has been ruled an accidental drowning, authorities said.

Family members stated Flores-Rojas knew how to swim and did not display any signs of distress earlier in the day, the prosecutor’s office said.

While the incident is still under investigation, at this time there are no signs of foul play, drug, or alcohol use, authorities said.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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