Missing N.J. college professor found dead in park pond


Samuel Nunez, 37, was an adjunct professor at Passaic County Community College. He was reported missing on Monday

The body of a college professor reported missing by his family earlier this week has been found by police divers in a pond in the Garret Mountain Reservation of Woodland Park, authorities said Thursday.

nunez-hdshot.jpgSamuel Nunez 

Samuel Nunez, 37, of Paterson, had been missing since Monday, according to family members. Police said they received a missing person’s report Tuesday.

Nunez was an adjunct professor at Passaic County Community College. According to his LinkedIn profile, he was also coordinator of IT services at the school.

Investigators received information Nunez might be in the reservation. They found his car, keys, clothes on a rock ledge near a pond.

Police divers found the body in the water, a short distance from the ledge, shortly before noon on Wednesday, according to Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Passaic County Sheriff Richard H. Berdnik.

“Although the matter remains an active and ongoing investigation, no suspects are being sought at this time and there is no danger to the public,” the police and prosecutor said in a statement. “More information will be released once it becomes available.”

Anyone with information is asked to call 1-877-370-PCPO or email tips@passaiccountynj.org or contact the Passaic County Sheriff’s Department at 973-720-7101.

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