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Long Time Newark Resident Found Dead in Wooded Watchung Neighborhood

Plainfield Watchung Newark East Orange

Funeral services are set today for a missing elderly woman who was found dead in an undisclosed wooded community in Watchung (Somerset County) in late October.

The family is preparing to meet at the Churchman Funeral Home in Newark this morning at 10 a.m. to pay last respects for 76-year-old Mrs. Mildred Buggs who spent more than 50 years as a resident of Newark after going missing in Plainfield in August.

According to police in Plainfield, Mrs. Buggs was last seen in the area of her home located in the 1300 block of George Street at around 11 p.m on August 5th 2015 .

According to family members, Mrs. Buggs was found the weekend of October 24th in an undisclosed wooded area near a catholic school that's surrounds Route 22 in Watchung.

An original call for information to the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office had a spokesperson refer all information regarding Mrs. Buggs to the Union County Prosecutor's Office. A call to a spokesperson from the Union County Office was able to confirm Mrs. Buggs' death but declined further information only to say that an investigation was underway but it was not being conducted by their office. The spokesperson referred RLS Metro Breaking News back to the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office.

A later call back to the spokesperson for the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office told RLS Metro Breaking News that the incident was under investigation and could not release any information at the present time.

Family members for Mrs. Buggs said that they are not sure the cause of death for the 76-year-old woman because it has not been immediately released by authorities. "Their will be a closed casket funeral today and we ask for prayers from the community" a family member said.

Our condolences are sent out to the family and friends of Mrs. Mildred Buggs.