Paige Aiello Found? Prosecutors Called About Body in Hudson River

Thursday, 09 May 2013 10:54 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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Prosecutors investigating the disappearance of missing New Jersey college senior Paige Aiello were contacted Wednesday about an unidentified female body found in the Hudson River, about a mile from where the girl's belongings were found a month ago.

Aiello, 22, was last seen April 9, when her father picked her up from a class at The College of New Jersey in Ewing, N.J., and dropped her off at the family's Hillsborough home. When her family members returned home later that day, Aiello was gone.

That night, her purse, phone, and wallet were found on the upper level of the George Washington Bridge, and her mother's car was discovered a day later abandoned in a parking garage near Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., right near a train station. Surveillance footage showed Aiello boarding a train to New York Penn Station.

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Erin Aiello told reporters at the time that her sister Paige, described as a straight-"A" student who had been admitted to law school, had been under a lot of stress lately.

"With graduation looming, she was a little down the past few weeks," Erin Aiello told MyCentralJersey.com. "She has been very upset."

Now, a month after Aiello's disappearance, there may be a break in the case. Somerset County prosecutors said they were alerted Wednesday about an unidentified female body found in the Hudson River, according to NJ.com. Though there is no immediate indication that the remains found are Aiello's, the New York City medical examiner's office will conduct an examination of the body Thursday.

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The student's father, Christopher Aiello, said yesterday afternoon that his family had not been contacted by law enforcement about the body being discovered.

The area around the George Washington Bridge had been the site of an extensive air and water search in the days following Aiello's disappearance, but police had not previously recovered a body or any evidence suggesting Aiello had jumped to her death.

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