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Mother IDs Body of Missing Ossining Man

OSSINING, N.Y. – The mother of 26-year-old Bryan Johnson of Ossining says she has identified his body, which was recovered on Tuesday from Long Island Sound near City Island.

“It’s definitely him,” said Sheila Lilley on Wednesday afternoon. “I went down to the city morgue to identify his body and it’s definitely him.”

Johnson was reported missing on June 20 after he and several friends and acquaintances went for a late night swim in the Bronx. Police said previously that Johnson disappeared just before 11 p.m. during a boat ride after jumping into the Long Island Sound with a group of others to swim.

According to the family, other passengers on the boat had told them the driver, a classmate of Johnson's at Ossining High School, decided to pull a prank and drive the boat about 50 yards away from the swimmers in the water. Around 11 p.m., just 30 minutes after leaving the dock, the other eight passengers noticed Johnson was not on board and called 911, according to police.

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