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.
"We believe – as do many who knew and love Paige – that few in this world could hold a candle to her," the family said.
Authorities searched the Hudson River immediately after her belongings were found on the bridge, but found nothing.