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Martha Runyon missing from Lawrence Found

UPDATE 7/15/13 – New information about Martha has come out and would explain why the police have determined her death as suicidal.

Charges had been filed against her the Friday before she went missing for drunken driving after she was stopped by police in Sinking Spring, Pa., Berks County District Attorney John T. Adams said.

Also, Runyon’s mother died in February and the family had held a memorial service for the woman three weeks ago, Mercer First Assistant Prosecutor Angelo Onofri said.

John Runyon, Martha’s husband told NewsWorks on Wednesday afternoon that Martha was stressed from their daughter moving out.

UPDATE:  7/12/13 – Martha’s body was was found on an embankment along the Delaware Raritan Canal.

A backpack was also found with bricks inside and police have ruled her death as a suicide.

Previous story:  Martha Runyon, 60, who lives on Rose Tree Lane in Lawrence, N.J. was last seen by her husband at 10:30 p.m. Sunday.

Police stated that it appeared she left home on foot and didn’t take her purse or cell phone.

Martha works in Trenton and boards her horse in Hopewell/Lambertville area and she may have gone there.

Runyon is described as a white female, 5 feet 11 inches tall, 130 pounds, blonde shoulder-length hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information on Runyon’s whereabouts should call Lawrence Police at (609) 896-1111.

6 thoughts on “Martha Runyon missing from Lawrence Found

  1. Sooooooo a back pack with bricks automatically mean suicide? I mean people who are murdered by their spouses are found to be weighted down with bricks…just saying.

  2. I have to agree with Sherry. I guess I assumed that when the spouse is the last to see the victim, there's an automatic investigation.

  3. I really hope they investigate this and just not assume it was a suicide.

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