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Missing Orthodox Woman Found Dead in New Jersey River

Mourners bid farewell Sunday to 22-year-old Devorah Stubin, whose body was found in her submerged car in New Jersey’s Passaic River the day before.

Details are emerging about the final hours before Stubin, who was known to suffer seizures, vanished.

CBS2 in New York reports that she was stopped by cops in Maywood, N.J. around 8:30 p.m. this past Thursday. She was driving without headlights said cops, who sent her on her way with directions after she told them she was lost, reports CBS.

JTA reports the Orthodox woman’s upside down car was pulled out of the river in Wallington Saturday night and her body positively identified Sunday morning.

Services were held at the Jewish Memorial Chapel in Clifton.

“But for a girl who had so many difficulties even waking up, a girl that had so much trouble utilizing her energy throughout the day because of fatigue and chronic syndromes of all types, she never stopped yearning,” the dead woman’s dad Avraham Stubin, reportedly said.

“Despite her medical issues she graduated college and was going to start a new job Monday,” longtime friend Vanessa Meghnagi told

Hundreds of people, many of them Jewish, searched for Stubin through the Sabbath, and were heartbroken when it all ended in tragedy.

Police continue to investigate.

This story "Missing Orthodox Woman Found Dead in New Jersey River" was written by John A. Oswald.


John A. Oswald

John A. Oswald

John Oswald is The Forward’s deputy digital media editor.

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