Body Found in Canal in Lawrence Township

runyonA body was recovered from the canal at Carnegie Road just off of the Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park trail shortly after 10 a.m. today, the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office has confirmed.

The body has not been identified yet. The discovery comes four days after Lawrence resident and Mercer County worker Martha Runyon went missing. Her house is not far from the park trail.

Runyon, 60, is an employee for the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission. She is known by many area residents and non-profit leaders who enjoy receiving the weekly newsletter she publishes about cultural events across the county.

She was last seen at her home on the evening of July 7. Her family has not been able to locate her since then.

Police have been searching for her since Monday. Police dogs searched parks near her home on Rosetree Lane  and helicopters also searched the area.

We will update this story as more information becomes available.



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