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Body believed to be missing bartender found in canal

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  • Sarah Majoras last seen walking home from bar Saturday
  • Body found in canal Wednesday believed to be her
  • Authorities waiting for positive ID and cause of death
Body found in search for 39-year-old bartender Sarah Majoras last seen Saturday

The search for a missing bartender may have come to a tragic end Wednesday afternoon as authorities announced that a body believed to be that of Sarah Majoras has been found.

The female body was discovered in the Delaware and Raritan Canal around 4:50 p.m. Wednesday, according to a press release from the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office.

Sarah Majoras of Lambertville, New Jersey was reported missing Saturday after she disappeared while walking home from the New Hope, Pennsylvania bar where she worked. The 39-year-old was last seen on surveillance video near Lambertville Station and Coryell Street after crossing a bridge between New Hope and Lambertville around 2:00 a.m. Saturday.

“While the clothing description is consistent with what Sarah Majoras was wearing, a positive identification, as well as the cause and manner of death, will be handled by the Hunterdon County Medical Examiner,” Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns, III said in the release.

The body was found by New Jersey State Police divers after another police diver recovered a boot in the canal earlier in the day. Investigators had spent four days scouring waterways for evidence connected to Majoras and canvassing the neighborhood where she was last seen. Several local, state and federal law enforcement agencies assisted with the search.

There is no significant evidence of foul play at this point, but investigators are keeping their minds open and “looking at all possibilities,” according to Kearns.

Authorities had released images from surveillance video Tuesday showing Majoras as she walked across the bridge over the Delaware River in the hope that it would spark new leads from the public.

“It’s a small town. It is possible that someone saw her,” Kearns said at the time.

The investigation remains active and ongoing until authorities are able to piece together what happened to Majoras, according to the prosecutor’s office.

“We continue to pursue any information we can in an attempt to make sense of what happened,” Kearns said.

Anyone with information relevant to the case is asked to call the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office at 908-284-6162. All calls will be kept confidential.

UPDATE: In a statement released Thursday afternoon, the Hunterdon County Prosecutor's Office confirmed the body is that of Sarah Majoras. Prosecutor Anthony Kearns said, “Preliminary results from the Medical Examiner do not indicate anything suspicious. At this time, all indications are that Sarah’s death was a tragic accident. Our case remains active so that we can provide Sarah’s family and friends with factual information and answers to help them cope with their loss. At this point in the investigation, there is no indication of foul play. All of Sarah’s personal property, including cash, identification, wallet, keys, and flashlight were in her possession. The official cause and manner of death from the medical examiner are pending toxicology results.”

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