UPDATE: A car pulled from the Passaic River on Saturday afternoon contained Devorah Stubin, 22, of Passaic, Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino confirmed. READ MORE.... MAYWOOD, N.J. -- A New Jersey State Police helicopter on Saturday afternoon joined the search for a 22-year-old Passaic woman with epilepsy who authorities said went missing late Thursday.
Volunteers from the Brooklyn South Safety Patrol unit also flooded area streets in and around Maywood in the search for Devorah Stubin, which was being coordinated from a command post at a vacant retail center at Essex Street and Maywood Avenue.
The safety patrol, made up of Orthodox Jewish volunteers, searches for missing children and provides other services for grieving parents. It came to international attention after coordinating a massive search for an 8-year-old Brooklyn boy who was later found killed.
Family, friends, emergency responders and volunteers who mobilized Friday night were distributing fliers door to door and posting them in businesses, expanding the search area into other towns, such as Hasbrouck Heights and Wood-Ridge.
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Devorah Stubin left her home around 8:30 p.m Thursday to pick up her brother from a rest stop on the Garden State Parkway near Exit 151, Passaic Detective Andy White told Daily Voice.
A few minutes later Stubin called her father and said she was lost in Maywood, White said.
Family members said Stubin was stopped by police in Maywood and given directions to the Garden State Parkway around 8:45 p.m. Thursday.
Maywood Police Chief David Pegg confirmed to Daily Voice that a police officer stopped Stubin on East Central Avenue and The Esplanade around that time for traffic without headlights. She was given a summons and directions to the Parkway, he said.
Family members said they got no response to phone calls or texts after that and had no luck calling various hospitals, police stations and New Jersey State Police barracks. Her mother, Shoshana Stubin, called her daughter a "very straight arrow."
She was driving a silver 1998 Mitsubishi Galant with a peeling sunroof with gray tape around it and striped orange and gray tape around the antenna, with license plate K40-FPH, White said.
Family members said she was wearing a black sweater and skirt, a pink wool coat, rainbow sneakers and wire-rim glasses. She's 5-foot-2, they said.
- Anyone who sees Stubin or her vehicle can contact his or her local police department or Passaic Detective Mark Watkins at (973) 365-3932 .
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