Human remains pulled from the Raritan River in central New Jersey earlier this month have been identified as Adam Sharp — the 23-year-old Marine vet who was reported missing New Year’s Eve.
Adam’s mother told NJ Advance Media that her son retired from the military about a year ago, after serving a tour of duty in Afghanistan. She said he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder.
In January of this year, family members reported to local media that Adam may have gone off his medication and was trying to avoid search parties.
Adam was a practiced long-distance hiker, which led some to believe he may have been trying to walk to North Carolina, where he lived on a farm. Police followed up on tips from people who reported spotting Adam in various locations but none of the leads panned out.
Sharp was always dismissive of the trauma he suffered overseas, loved ones said, and some only found out after a long time that he had seen several friends die while serving in Afghanistan.
“I love you so much Adam and I wish I could tell you again what you mean to me,” his sister Katie wrote in an emotional post late last week.
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Til Valhalla, brother. May you find the peace you were looking for. Semper Fi.