Body of Missing 19-Year-Old Woman Found in Wooded Area

February 16, 2018 Updated: February 16, 2018

A body of a 19-year-old New Jersey woman reported missing on Valentine’s Day has been found, authorities said.

The remains of Lydia Comtois were discovered in a remote, wooded area in the Liberty Corner section of Bernards Township.

Search teams comprised of K-9 units and multiple volunteers found the body at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 15, according to a news release from the Bernards Township Police Department.

Her body was found just one day after she was reported missing.

Acting Chief of Police Michael Shimsky, said there was no evidence of suspicious circumstances as of now.

“Preliminary investigation indicates nothing suspicious about the death and there is no evidence of foul play at this time,” Shimsky said, according to

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Lydia Comtois. (Screenshot Via GoFundMe)

The last time Comtois was heard from was around 5 p.m. on Wednesday, when she left New Brunswick to go to Bernards Township.

According to MyCentralJersey, she was on her way home.

Shimsky told NJ.COM that she was reported missing to police just a few minutes before midnight.

It’s unclear as of writing what caused her death.

A GoFundMe recently created for the family to help with funeral costs has raised over $6,367 as of writing. Surpassing the goal of $3,000.

“Lydia was one of the kindest souls anyone ever had the opportunity of coming in contact with,” wrote James Davidson, who started the fundraiser. “She loved all of her friends deeply as her friends loved her deeply as well.”

Bernards Township Police, the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office and the New Jersey Medical Examiner’s Office are continuing to investigate the incident.

Bernards Township police asked that you respect the family of the victim and their privacy at this time.

Anyone with additional information may contact the Bernards Township Police at 908-766-1122.


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