Missing N.J. Orthodox Jewish woman found in car at bottom of Passaic River

Marcy Oster

(JTA) — The car of an Orthodox Jewish New Jersey woman was found at the bottom of the Passaic River.

A body was found in the car pulled out of the water on Saturday evening, the New Jersey Record reported. It was not immediately identified as being Devorah Stubin, 22, though the car’s license plates matched those registered to the car Stubin was driving when she left home. The body was positively identified on Sunday morning, with a funeral scheduled for Sunday afternoon, according to the New Jersey ABC affiliate.

Stubin was last seen on Thursday night, after she was pulled over by police for driving without headlights. Stubin reportedly suffered from a kind of epilepsy.

Her father reported her missing after midnight on Friday morning. She had left the house at 8:30 p.m. Thursday to pick up her brother, and was stopped ten minutes later by police. Her parents picked up her brother at her request following the traffic stop.

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Dozens of volunteers from the Orthodox Jewish communities in Passaic and Clifton searched for Stubin through Friday night and into Saturday.The car appeared to have run through a fence near the river and fell down a steep embankment into about 10 feet of water. 

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