Body Found Under GWB Identified as Missing NJ Student

By Shimon Prokupecz
|  Thursday, May 9, 2013  |  Updated 4:55 PM EDT
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Family Worries as College Student Goes Missing

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Family Worries as College Student Goes Missing

Authorities are asking for help finding a student at the College of New Jersey who has been reported missing after her wallet and cell phone were found on the George Washington Bridge. Tracie Strahan talked with her anxious friends and family.
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A woman's decomposed body found under the George Washington Bridge has been identified as a New Jersey college tennis captain who was reported missing last month, authorities said.

The NYPD's harbor unit found the body on the rocks underneath the bridge Wednesday, and authorities on Thursday confirmed through dental records that it is Paige Aiello, the women's tennis team captain at the College of New Jersey who was reported missing by her parents April 10 after her cell phone and wallet were found on the bridge.

The 22-year-old Aiello had last been seen April 9, when her parents said she attended classes at TCNJ, then returned home and drove off in her mother's Audi, authorities have said.

The Audi was found in a parking garage near the train station in New Brunswick.

 
Aiello's family released a statement Thursday afternoon that said "Paige exemplified all that is good in people."

"We believe – as do many who knew and love Paige – that few in this world could hold a candle to her," the family said. 


According to TCNJ's athletics website, Aiello studied communication at the school.

Authorities searched the Hudson River immediately after her belongings were found on the bridge, but found nothing.

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