Body found in Schuylkill River that of NJ woman

April 21, 2011 6:00:55 AM PDT
The body of a woman pulled from the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia has been identified as that of a 19-year-old woman abducted at gunpoint by masked men in an Atlantic City, N.J., home last month, prosecutors there said Wednesday night.

The identity of Nadirah Ruffin of Egg Harbor Township, 19, was confirmed through dental records. Medical examiners determined that Ruffin died of a gunshot wound, and the case has been classified a homicide, Atlantic County Prosecutor Ted Housel said in a statement.

Philadelphia police said Ruffin's body was spotted by a bicyclist in Fairmount Park on Tuesday. Police said she had duct tape around her head and body and a handcuff attached to her left ankle.

Ruffin, the mother of a 4-year-old son, had been missing since March 26. Authorities said that's when four masked men burst into a friend's home in Atlantic City, bound everyone with duct tape, robbed the women and took Ruffin at gunpoint.

The FBI has offered a reward of up to $20,000 for information in the case.

Housel says his office is taking over the investigation, with help from the FBI and Atlantic City and Philadelphia police.