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Police Dive Team Makes Gruesome Discovery In New Jersey Reservoir

Car Found Submerged With Bag Full Of Body Parts Inside

WEST MILFORD, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — In a gruesome discovery Wednesday, police divers participating in a drill found a dead body inside a submerged car in a New Jersey reservoir.

And as CBS 2’s Don Champion reported, the vehicle’s license plate number matched that of a missing woman from Oakland, N.J.

Investigators towed away the mud-caked 2004 Toyota Camry from the Monksville Reservoir near West Milford on Wednesday evening.

The car was found around 3 p.m. by the police dive team, according to the Passaic County Prosecutor’s office. CBS 2 was there as the investigators pulled out the body.

The body was found in parts in a bag, 1010 WINS reported.

Investigators were probing whether the body was that of Cathy de Bono, who was last seen driving on Easter Sunday in 2008 before she disappeared.

Her husband said she left their home without her purse or cellphone.

Investigators spent hours going over the car before towing it away, only saying the Northern Regional Medical Examiner’s Office will identify the body and determine the cause of death.

The body was not immediately identifiable because of the length of time it had been in the water. It was not immediately learned whether foul play was suspected in the case.

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