Obit finds dead body in lake after missing woman
MIDDLETOWN – The body found in the waters of Shadow Lake on Thursday is that of missing woman Mary Silengo, New Jersey 101.5 police confirmed over the weekend.
An obituary states that “Mary (Babo) Marshall Silengo, 62 … died on October 1 after struggling with mental illness all her life.” This obituary does not explain how she died, but it is the same day that police found a body in the lake.
Deputy Chief Paul Bailey verified his identity with a reporter from New Jersey 101.5 on Sunday evening, after the first publication of an earlier version of this report.
Silengo had been considered missing since September 22, and local authorities carried out what they called a “large-scale” search of the lake and the surrounding area. Silengo lived in the community of Shadow Lake Village. On Friday, authorities stressed that his case was still considered a missing persons investigation and that a positive identification of the body found in the lake was still pending.
Police previously said that at around 1:30 p.m. on Thursday they responded to a report of a body floating in the water discovered by people fishing there. The body was removed with the assistance of the Brevent Fire Company.
Silengo, 62, was last seen around 11 p.m. on September 22 in his Concord courthouse in Shadow Lake Village, a community 55 and closer to the Navesink River, Middletown police previously said. . She did not have her vehicle, cell phone or the medication she is taking for mental illness, police said.
Her obituary says that she “has spent her life surrounded by the company of her loving and supportive family and will be sadly missed by all of them.”
He asks that instead of flowers, contributions can be made in his honor to Breast Cancer Alliance, 48 Maple Avenue, Greenwich CT 06830, as she was a recent breast cancer survivor.
An earlier version of this story did not include obituary information.
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– Includes previous reports from Dan Alexander