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VINELAND – The body of a 28-year-old developmentally disabled man missing since Dec. 10 was found on Wednesday at an apartment complex at 3001 East Chestnut Avenue, according to police.

Police on Friday disclosed that a landscaper found Robert Nicholson IV near a retention pond. Nicholson was pronounced dead at 4:10 p.m.

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Police said there were no signs of trauma. Results of an autopsy are pending.

Nicholson was a Mays Landing resident and his family has been notified, police said.

On Dec. 17, police reported that Nicholson ran away from a day program identified as REM NJ at 1200 South West Boulevard. That is a distance of at least 3 miles.

REM NJ is a provider for the New Jersey Department of Human Services, department spokeswoman Natasha Alagarasan said on Friday.

"We are deeply saddened to learn of Mr. Nicholson's passing and send our condolences to his family and friends," Alagarasan said. "We are unable to discuss individual situations, but generally the department conducts a thorough and complete investigation and works with law enforcement authorities as well. The health and safety of individuals with disabilities is a top department priority."

Police said Nicholson was found wearing clothes matching the description given of him on Dec. 10.

Detective Chris Fixler is the lead investigator.

Joseph P. Smith; jpsmith_dj; (856) 563-5252; jsmith@gannettnj.com

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