Last Updated on November 23, 2023, 6:45 am
K-9 unit discovered the remains of the missing woman in a wooded area.
Lara Emanuele, a 46-year-old woman missing since June 7, 2023, has been found dead. The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office announced Wednesday evening.
What happened to Lara Emanuele?
Lara Emanuele was reported missing on June 7, 2023. An extensive statewide search has been conducted to find her ever since. Her body was located in a wooded near Howard Boulevard and Route 80 in Roxbury on Sunday, and the Morris County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed the identity, the prosecutor stated.
“While a thorough investigation continues into her death, at this time, evidence points to Emanuele having taken her own life. This was a determination that could not have been made prior to the recovery of her body,” said Robert J.Carrol, a Morrison County prosecutor. He also shut down the rumors circulating on social media that foul play was involved.
He said a handwritten note was found in her car stating, “She did not want to be found.” The prosecutor said the office usually does not share “details regarding suicide investigations,” but given the interest in this case, is compelled to do so “in the interest of transparency.”
Search for Emanuele
Emanuele disappearance prompted an extensive search by several agencies during the past five months. Emanuele’s remains were discovered by K9 Denali from the Ramapo Search and Rescue Organization, which has been conducting weekly Sunday searches for Emanuele, according to the statement released by the prosecutor. Roxbury Police Chief Adone said,
“The Roxbury Police Department would like to offer our deepest sympathy to Lara’s family, friends, and students. We hope that finding her will provide some sense of relief and help loved ones begin the healing process.”
Multiple Agencies participated in the search
The prosecutor’s office recognized the efforts of the Roxbury Police Department, Morris County Sheriff’s Office, New Jersey State Police Missing Persons Unit, New Jersey State Police K9 unit, New Jersey Search and Rescue, Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office K9, Bergen County Sheriff’s office K9, Pennsylvania’s Office Missing Person Unit, and Major Crime Unit.
Suicide prevention helpline
If you or someone you love is in danger, call 911. If you need to talk to someone, call 1-800-273-8255 or chat at 988, the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. It provides a free, confidential conversation with trained counselors 24 hours. You can also contact the Crisis Text Lines by texting HOME to 741-741.
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