Police say the body of missing NYC librarian Javier Horta (below) was pulled from the Bronx River yesterday near East 177th Street.
The 34-year-old single dad disappeared three weeks ago under questionable circumstances which are now being investigated.
After an all-out community search was launched for Horta, it was a passerby who spotted his corpse floating in the water around 1:00 in the afternoon on Wednesday -- less than half a mile from where he vanished.
Cops at the scene stated there was "no trauma" on the dead man and "no signs of foul play" either, indicating that NYC's latest cold-weather *drowning* will be ruled yet another "accident."
However, an autopsy will be conducted this week to determine Horta's actual cause and manner of death.
Javier Horta was last seen alive by two friends he had spent an evening with on March 25, 2016.
Allegedly around midnight he was preparing to take a taxi back to his own residence with one of those men.
Instead Horta told him to go on without him because he'd forgotten his "wallet and phone upstairs."
He then apparently “went back to get his things," confirmed the missing man's brother Hector. "That’s the last anyone saw him.”
Nobody knows what happened to Javier Horta after that, but the popular NYC librarian was never seen or heard from again. Until yesterday.
According to relatives, the NYPD demonstrated some reluctance in pursuing Horta's missing persons case, insisting they "really can't do much" since he had "no history of mental illness" and was "over twenty-one."
“A detective told me April 2nd the case is still open," Hector Horta told reporters earlier this month. "But he also said ‘I hope you find your brother.'"