Remains In Submerged Vehicle ID'd As NJ Woman Missing For 6 Years

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January 19, 2020 - 2:23 pm
Vanessa Smallwood

New Jersey State Police

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SALEM, N.J. (AP) -- Authorities say skeletal remains found in a crushed vehicle submerged in a New Jersey river has been identified as those of a woman missing for six years.

State police responded Thursday to the report of remains in the Salem River.

Officials said following an autopsy Friday that the remains were those of Vanessa Smallwood, who was 46 and living in Burlington Township when she vanished from Cherry Hill in January 2014.

Salem County Prosecutor John Lenahan said there were no indications of a crime, although an exact cause of death wasn't revealed.