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Apr 5, 2014 10:31 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: Police Find Riverside Woman Dead In Pine Barrens

Apr 7, 2014 9:37 AM

UPDATE, 7 p.m. Sunday:

New York State Police found Ms. Taber dead in the David A. Sarnoff Preserve on Sunday afternoon.

Police said an aviation unit first spotted her and guided police officers to her location in the woods. Her dog, a Cocker Spaniel, was found near the body and is expected to be OK, police said.

UPDATE, 8:31 p.m.:

Crews of volunteer firefighters, emergency medical services personnel and community members from across the East End joined the New York State and Southampton Town Police departments in searching for Ms. Taber, who was still missing as of Saturday evening.

State police aviation and K-9 units also assisted in the search.

Though state police did not specifically state where the search was focused or how wide the search area had been expanded, they said they received a high volume of phone calls with possible leads or tips about Ms. Taber's possible location.


New York State Police, friends and family were searching for an 82-year-old woman who went missing in Riverside on Thursday afternoon after taking her cocker spaniel for a walk on Route 104.

Police said Jean Taber left the Riverwoods Mobile Home park, where she lives, on Thursday at about 2 p.m. wearing a black vest and a black dress and was seen walking south with the dog on Route 104. She was still missing as of 10:25 a.m. on Saturday morning, police said.

Ms. Taber is a "vulnerable adult" who suffers from dementia and may be in need of medical attention, police said.

Police described her as 5 feet tall, weighing 110 pounds with red hair and hazel eyes.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the New York State Police at 631-208-9002.

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I pray she is found. May God watch over and comfort her family during this difficult time. She is such a lovely lady... so sweet, caring, and would give the shirt off her back if you needed it.
By mmmonkey16 (3), Southampton on Apr 6, 14 8:51 AM
It's been reported that she was been found. Does anyone know if that is correct?
By Robert I Ross (250), Hampton Bays on Apr 6, 14 4:49 PM
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Yes, she was found deceased with her loyal companion by her side. So sad.
By lursagirl (245), southampton on Apr 6, 14 5:36 PM
So very sad. May she rest in peace.
By Woods woman (145), East hampton on Apr 6, 14 8:13 PM
Saddest story on this site this month!
By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Apr 7, 14 3:21 AM
I can't understand that so many volunteers from all departments combed the area and found nothing, makes no sense. She was located just 200 yards away from her mobile home park. Sorry to say and witnessed that our Southampton Police Dept didnt offer much assistance, their reasoning was, their at an all time low in manpower. Our Southampton Town Board should realize the importance of a well staffed Police Dept. Thank You goes to our NY State Troopers they utilized their unlimited resources to aid ...more
By Peanuts (5), Riverside on Apr 7, 14 10:45 AM
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it was a state police show. The state police don't have local knowledge of the area. All of the technology in the world couldnt replace it. The body was found in Flanders fire district, Flanders fire dept wasnt notified until sunday to assist in the search. The agencies that know and train in the area should be notified when the initial call came in. Very sad that this lady died alone, and over a period of time due to the bureaucracy that is in place on Long Island

Nice job by the ...more
By politcal pawn (121), Flanders on Apr 8, 14 7:13 PM
Basically, you are saying that they don't know what outside looks like about 500 yards from their station. The captain that I saw on TV is a lifelong Riverhead resident. I guess he has no local knowledge either. The state police actually patrols the area and the deputies patrol no where.
By lucky and aware (44), Speonk on Apr 10, 14 9:39 PM
first off, he doesn't live in flanders or riverside and he stretched the troops too thin. Pulling cars over on sunrise doesn't count as working the area either. Bringing in guys from up west puts a burden on nassau, suffolk and other police agencies. This search should've been handled by southampton but b/c of egos and bureaucracy a woman is dead.
By politcal pawn (121), Flanders on Apr 17, 14 5:55 PM
I can't believe the family is handing the dog over to an animal shelter. I'd never do that to my mother's pet. In fact, my mother once asked me if I'd take her elderly cat if something happened and I said yes. But the cat died before she did.
By btdt (449), water mill on Apr 13, 14 8:31 PM
How insensitive. You have no idea what is happening in this families life to make such a judgment.
By squeaky (291), hampton bays on Apr 14, 14 8:05 AM
Come on carol moran lets get the coroners report for the cause of death and find out if she was alive while this circus was going on. Heads would roll if this was my family member. I'm sure a barracks up on the canadian border is looking for a good captain.
By politcal pawn (121), Flanders on Apr 17, 14 5:57 PM