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Missing Teen Sarah Townsend Drowned To Death In Burlington County Pond.

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Uploaded on May 14, 2011

The death of 18-year-old Sarah Townsend has been ruled a drowning and there were no signs of foul play on her body
The week-long search for a missing Burlington County teenager came to an end Friday afternoon when her body was discovered in a park police were searching and a post-mortem examination of her body ruled the cause of her death to be drowning.

This was the outcome everyone was praying wouldn't happen.

Her father and friends gathered at the snack shop where she once worked in her hometown of Florence to grieve.

Sarah Townsend's dad Roy shed tears as he struggled with close friends who are all mourning the terrible loss of his 18-year-old daughter.

Friends are left in anguish over her death.

"She's beautiful on the inside and out. She's very caring and loving, and she's well liked by everybody," Debbie's Snack Shop owner Debbie Partyka said.

Burlington County Public Safety Directory Walter Corter says canine tracking dogs were out in force searching for 18-year-old Sarah Townsend when they picked up a scent in Green Acres Park. The dogs led police back to the pond they had searched earlier in the week.

Corter says at about 1:15 p.m., during their search of the pond, the New Jersey State Police Canine Unit found Sarah's body.

"Instead of having a large amount of people going through the woods, we just brought the dogs out to see if they can pick up the scent," Burlington Township police Lt. Bruce Painter said.

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