Point of Contact: Shelomo Alfassa
Phone: 646-780-9355
NEW YORK, NY (January 16, 2016) – This evening New Jersey State Police announced that a vehicle submerged in the Passaic River belonged to that of a missing woman--the woman’s body was recovered in the car; the missing was last seen in Maywood Township, on Thursday. The search for the woman was conducted by several agencies including New York Rescue Response Team (NYRRT), who responded to provide mutual aid from New York City.
NYRRT initiated their coordination on Saturday morning and responded with 20 members by early afternoon. The organization provided command for part of the search, including air operations, as NYRRT provided radio communications to a fixed-wing search aircraft (United Search & Rescue). Working closely with Citywide Disaster Services, NYRRT utilized their Mobile Command Center (MCC) and issued radio communication equipment, and deployed a tactical temporary radio repeater to assist members conducting the ground search.
The missing person was Devorah Stuvin, 22, of Passaic, who was last seen driving a gray Mitsubishi Galant. It was thought that the woman may have driven off of a highway, and that left hundreds of miles to be painstakingly searched. To help with this undertaking, NYRRT deployed light towers, generators and sent other emergency equipment, such as all-terrain vehicles. They utilized a FLIR thermal imaging camera, and covered a lot of ground.
“Our members joined other organizations including the Sherriff’s Department and the Police Department to carry out an extensive search for the missing woman’s vehicle,” said Shelomo Alfassa, NYRRT Public Information Officer, “It’s unfortunate the way it turned out” he added.
Anyone who may have further information on this woman or her vehicle going into the river are asked to call the NJ State Police at 609-882-2000.
New York Rescue Response Team provides New York City and surrounding communities with search and rescue services. NYRRT, a volunteer organization, has been providing quality emergency services to New York City and its residents for near a decade. Visit for more information.
Captain Glen Schneider of NYRRT with some thoughts on this search.
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