Paige Aiello Update: Police trying to determine if body found under George Washington Bridge is missing N.J. college student

Paige Aiello
Family handout via CBS New York
Paige Aiello
Family handout via CBS New York

(CBS/AP) NEW YORK - Police are trying to determine if the decomposed body of a woman found under the George Washington Bridge is that of Paige Aiello, a missing New Jersey college student.

The NYPD harbor police discovered the body yesterday on rocks near 158th Street in New York City.

Aiello was last seen at her family's home in Hillsborough, N.J. on April 9. The 22-year-old College of New Jersey senior apparently took her mother's car without permission.

The car was found the next day in New Brunswick, N.J. parked near a train station. A passerby reported finding Aiello's purse, cellphone and car keys on the south walkway of the George Washington Bridge.

According to CBS New York, no one reported seeing anyone jump from the bridge on the evening of April 9.

Police spotted the decomposed body while searching for a possible jumper in the Hudson River.

Christopher Aiello, Paige's father, previously told CBS New York that his daughter was feeling under a great deal of stress and was living at home for added support. He said his daughter is co-captain of the school tennis team and also worked several jobs, had done "incredibly well" in high school and college. She was also accepted to nine law schools.

"She had hit almost like a wall where she felt she was not maybe either worthy of all this or she just couldn't handle it," he said.

Police were treating the college student's disappearance as a missing persons case since no body and no suicide note was found, the station initially reported.

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