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Oakland woman’s body found in West Milford lake apparent suicide

Photo Credit: Cliffview Pilot File Photo

YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: An Oakland woman whose decomposed body was found in her car at the bottom of a West Milford lake tonight apparently killed herself, CLIFFVIEW PILOT has learned.

“The body was found fully intact in the front seat,” a law enforcement source with knowledge of the incident told CLIFFVIEW PILOT tonight. “The belief is that she just drove in.”

Authorities must wait until a medical examiner can positively identify the remains tomorrow.

However, all indications are that it’s Cathy Ann DeBono, 49, who was last seen in Oakland on Easter Sunday  2008, the source said. DeBono lived in town with her husband, Edward, and two children.

Police said she’d left home at 9:30 p.m. March 23 in the white 2004 Toyota Camry discovered tonight and was never heard from again.

“There is no reason for us to suspect foul play,” an Oakland police officer said at the time.

A diving team on a training exercise found DeBono’s submerged car in 18 feet of water in the Monksville Reservoir around 3 o’clock this afternoon.

Initial unconfirmed reports were that the body was found in a large bag in the back seat, but those proved wrong.

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