Missing N.J. woman found dead in car submerged in Passaic River

A 22-year-old New Jersey woman missing since Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016 was found inside her car, which was submerged in the Passaic River, according to New Jersey authorities.

Devorah Stubin

Devorah Stubin

CBS2 video shows Devorah Stubin’s 1998 gray Mitsubishi Galant being lifted out of the water around 8 p.m. Saturday.

“It is in fact a vehicle that has been missing from Passaic and there was a person in the vehicle,” said Wallington Police Capt. Kim Lucas told CBS2 in New York.

The Passaic woman, who suffers from an epilepsy-like seizure disorder, disappeared.

She was on her way to pick up her brother when she was stopped by Maywood police for driving without headlights at about 8:30 p.m. Thursday. She told the officer she was lost and he tried to point her in the right direction.

But somehow Stubin wound up in nearby Wallington and apparently drove right though the fence behind the funeral home, her car plunging down the embankment and landing upside down in the river below. In an exclusive interview, funeral home owner Brian Warner told CBS2 he heard something at about 9:15 p.m. Thursday.

When asked by Conybeare if he thought that noise was a car going through the fence and into the river, Warner said, “Yes, I have no doubt.”

Warner said he looked around after hearing that noise Thursday night but didn’t notice the damaged fence until 3 p.m. Saturday.

Lucas said they have not yet determined exactly why the car went into the river.

“All we can do from here on in is expand our camera search and see if perhaps we can see the vehicle coming into the area to give us a better idea of when this occurred,” she said.

Police are awaiting official confirmation on the identity of the body.