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ME: Body Found In N.J. Reservoir Is That Of Missing Oakland Woman

Cause Of Death Not Yet Determined
Cathy Ann DeBono (credit: NJ State Police)

Cathy Ann DeBono (credit: NJ State Police)

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TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – A decomposed body found inside a submerged car in a New Jersey reservoir is that of a woman who disappeared five years ago on Easter Sunday, the Northern Regional Medical Examiner’s office said.

Cathy Ann DeBono of Oakland, N.J. was last seen on March 23, 2008.

A West Milford police dive team doing a routine practice drill found her body inside a 2004 Toyota Camry at the bottom of the Monksville Reservoir in Passaic County around 3 p.m. Wednesday.

The medical examiner’s office has not yet determined a cause of death.

The mud-caked car was submerged in about 18 feet of water, police said. The license plates matched the vehicle DeBono was driving the night she disappeared, police said.

Her husband said the mother of two left without her wallet or cellphone.

At the time of DeBono’s disappearance, police said there was no reason to suspect foul play.

The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office is investigating.

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