Children Discover Body Of Elderly Neighbor In Snow

| by Reve Fisher
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Schoolchildren in New Jersey found the body of a neighbor buried in the snow outside her home, police said.

On Jan. 25, the body of 64-year-old Mary Wall was discovered by a group of middle school students, WNBC News reports. Wall was discovered under a foot and a half of snow in front of her car in Mahwah, New Jersey.

“I didn’t know if I should be scared or concerned, I was more concerned than scared,” Amanda Sands, one of the children who found the body, told WNBC News.

Amanda, 13, said that she and the other children first saw the coat before noticing that there was a body inside it.

"Her jacket was white, I remember [...] and my neighbor moved snow over, and it was her hand," she added.

Police believe that Wall died on Jan. 23 while shoveling snow, as the shovel was found in her hand.

"I was like, 'Oh, my God, Mom, I think we found a dead lady in her yard […],” Amanda recalled. 

Neighbor Michael Beman, whose daughter discovered Wall along with Amanda and other teenagers, said the 64-year-old woman resided in her home on Sunnyside Drive for years.

“[My daughter is] obviously a little bit shaken, as is the rest of the block,” Beman said. “That's not something that you obviously want to come across, especially so close to home." 

Sadly, Wall was not the only to die during the recent snowstorm.

On Jan. 23, a 78-year-old New York woman told an employee at the Burger King in Hackensack, New Jersey, that she was going to stay in the parking lot because of the weather, New Jersey On-Line reports.. Her body was found in her parked car by restaurant employees around 8:30 a.m. on Jan. 25.

"It's possible [the death] could be related to the weather," said Hackensack Police Director Michael Mordaga said, according to New Jersey On-Line.

If the woman's death is weather-related, it would be the third storm-related death in New Jersey linked to the record-breaking blizzard.

Sources: WNBC News, New Jersey On-Line / Photo Credit: WPVI News (2)