Elderly woman found dead after large search effort



Searchers have found the body of an elderly woman who had been missing for several days. Toms River police say foul play is not suspected in the death of 79-year-old Martha Hesse. But a cause of death has not yet been determined. Volunteers with Toms River Fire Companies 1 and 2 found her body around 10:45 a.m. Saturday in a wooded area in the Holiday City Senior community where she lived. "At this time there is no reason to believe that foul play was involved. An autopsy will be conducted to determine her cause of death," Toms River Police Department spokesman Ralph Stocco said in a release. The volunteers were part of an organized search and rescue effort that had been trying to find Hesse since her husband reported her missing Thursday. Authorities...

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