Body of missing Galloway Township man pulled from Mullica River
By LEE PROCIDA Staff Writer | Posted: Wednesday, October 13, 2010
EGG HARBOR CITY Police have recovered the body of a 54-year-old Galloway Township man from the Mullica River a day after his wife reported him missing.
Police had been searching for Fred Schroer Jr. since Monday morning, when they found his car abandoned on Clarks Landing Road near the Mullica River and the Egg Harbor City-Galloway Township border.
Officials removed Schroer's body from the water at about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. There was no sign of foul play, police Chief Patrick Moran said.
The cause of death is pending the outcome of an autopsy by the Atlantic County Medical Examiner's Office.
Officials notified the media Wednesday afternoon in an effort to more quickly locate Schroer, who lived with his wife Tammy, 52, and their two children, ages 11 and 23, on Leipzig Avenue in the Cologne section of Galloway.
Galloway and Egg Harbor City police, Atlantic County Emergency Management and New Jersey State Troopers and Marine Police had been searching for Schroer since finding his SUV on Tuesday on Clarks Landing Road near the Galloway-Egg Harbor. The vehicle was unlocked with the keys in the ignition and his cell phone and several other belongings inside.
Schroer was laid off in June from his job of 30 years as as an electrical engineer at Conectiv energy company, which Calpine Corp. bought recently.
Since then, Schroer had started taking anti-depressant medication that sometimes left him disoriented, his wife said during a police news conference Wednesday afternoon.
She last saw him when the couple went to bed at about 10 p.m. Sunday. He was gone when she woke up at about 5 a.m. Monday.
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