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Missing New Jersey Woman Found Dead in Cooper River, Source Says – NBC Philadelphia (41)

A body that was found in a car that was pulled from the Cooper River last week is that of a New Jersey woman who disappeared almost 15 years ago, a police source confirmed to our sister network NBC10.

Bernadine Gunner was reported missing on July 10, 2010. Gunner, who was 52 years old at the time, was last seen alive at 1301 Park Boulevard in Camden, New Jersey, and was driving a 2006 Hyundai Elantra, police said. . Before disappearing, Gunner told her family that she was going to take her own life because she couldn’t find work, according to investigators.

Gunner remained missing for 14 years. United Search Corps, a nonprofit group that investigates missing persons cases and conducts underwater searches, began investigating his case, according to NBC News. On Wednesday, May 15, 2024, the group searched the Cooper River along Route 130 in Pennsauken, New Jersey, and found several vehicles, including a Hyundai Elantra with human remains inside, NBC News reports. The group then contacted the police, who arrived at the scene the next day.

A photo of Bernadine Gunner.

SkyForce10 was on the scene as a dive team pulled three vehicles from the water. Investigators later confirmed that a body was found in the driver’s seat of one of the vehicles. That body was later identified as Gunner, according to the police source.

Gunner was found in a part of the river that is less than a mile away from her last known location on Park Boulevard in Camden, a United Search Corps member told NBC News.

Gunner’s daughter posted on Facebook on May 18 thanking the United Search Corps for their help finding her mother’s remains.