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Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announces the following information:

The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and Bergen County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the contents of a bag that was discovered in the lake at Overpeck County Park, located at 40 Fort Lee Road in Leonia. On Wednesday, July 6, 2022, the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report that an individual had pulled from the water a bag containing what appeared to be a human placenta and fetal membranes. A determination of the exact contents of the bag is pending a final report from the Bergen County Medical Examiner’s Office.

An investigation is being conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Jason Love and the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office under the direction of Sheriff Anthony Cureton. No other information is available at this time.