Body found amid search for missing Gloucester County woman

September 10, 2013 2:33:20 PM PDT
Police discovered a body Tuesday afternoon as they searched for a missing Gloucester County woman who disappeared after entering woods near her home.

39-year-old Renee Sheppard was reported missing by her family last Thursday morning after going for a walk along a creek in Washington Township.

Sheppard, who now resides in Colorado, was visiting her parents, who last saw her at 9:45 a.m. that day.

Authorities say she was carrying a book and had her cellphone with her.

Around noon Tuesday, authorities discovered her cell phone while searching the 500-acre wooded area.

Then, just after 3:00 p.m., a woman's body was discovered in a nearby ravine.

While there has not been a positive ID, investigators believe it is the body of Sheppard.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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