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UPDATE: Remains of NJ Woman Missing Since 2014 Found Inside Car Submerged in River

By rlsmetro on
New Jersey

Officials at the New Jersey State Police identified the human remains of a woman who went missing in 2014.

According to officials, say that divers from A construction company were removing debris from the base of the Salem River in Salem City on Thursday afternoon when they found the submerged car near West Broadway Road.

Police say the divers believe they saw human remains inside the vehicle.

Police say the medical examiner performed an autopsy and identified the remains as Vanessa Smallwood of Maple Shade. The cause of death is still pending.

FBI officials say Smallwood went missing on Jan. 21, 2014. She was last seen at Any Garment Cleaners in Cherry Hill and was driving a 2005 Chrysler Town and Country van.

Police say the vehicle Smallwood was inside was severely damaged and it is unclear if she was last seen in the car.

The Salem County Prosecutor’s Office is investigating.