UPDATED: Woman Dead in Overnight Shooting in Riverton

The woman's body was found just before 5:30 a.m. Sunday, authorities said.

An unidentified woman was found fatally shot on Carriage House Lane in Riverton Sunday morning.
An unidentified woman was found fatally shot on Carriage House Lane in Riverton Sunday morning.

An unidentified woman was found dead after an overnight shooting in Riverton, Burlington County Prosecutor Robert D. Bernardi said.

The woman was found fatally shot on Carriage House Lane just before 5:30 a.m. Sunday, Bernardi said, after a call to police of a report of a person down on the ground between Lippincott and Thomas Avenues.

She has yet to be identified by authorities, Bernardi said, no arrests have been made and the shooting is still under investigation. Authorities are waiting on an autopsy by Burlington County Medical Examiner Dr. Ian Hood.

Riverton Police posted a message to its Facebook page Sunday afternoon, attempting to assure residents concerned over the shooting.

The message reads:

"The Riverton Police Department wants the residents and businesses in Riverton to know that there is no reason for alarm over the breaking news from earlier this morning. Our department, in conjunction with the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office, is actively and diligently investigating the events of this morning, but we want you to know you are safe to participate in all of your normal daily activities, including being outside, jogging, walking your dogs, etc. We will update you with pertinent information when we can."

Riverton Police Chief John Shaw said the message to residents was a "preemptive strike" designed to put residents' minds at ease before the Internet rumor mill had a chance to stir things up. 

The Burlington County Prosecutor's Office stated no further information would be released Sunday. Stay with Patch for updates as they become available.

Shaw said he believed the last fatal shooting in the borough occurred in the '70s or '80s.

Anyone with information regarding the shooting or the victim for investigators is asked to call Burlington County Central Communications at 609-265-7113.

Chip October 13, 2013 at 02:06 PM
Insane! I walk on that street every night. The only crime I've ever seen in Riverton is people blowing through stop signs @20mph and kids getting blunted at the river.
captin kirk October 13, 2013 at 03:40 PM
The bucolic smile that Riverton presents ,like all smiles, sometimes hides a festering underbelly that is hidden by small town hush hush ....
Jenn October 13, 2013 at 06:16 PM
@Mystery Diner - hmmmm. Maybe youre the killer...
Fun afloat October 13, 2013 at 06:55 PM
Riverton Police will need a lot of assistance with this!
Fun afloat October 13, 2013 at 06:56 PM
Like from other more experienced law officials/investigators
Christina October 13, 2013 at 11:22 PM
The Burlington County Prosecutor's Office investigates all county homicides, so yes, it's not just Riverton Police.
Dan Reynolds October 14, 2013 at 09:25 AM
Car was a Hyundai Elantra, Dark Blue, Late Model, Jersey Tags. Tarps in the back seat.. That area is dark at night.. its a side street.. Heard the shots... thought to myself "That's not fireworks"..
Rob Scott (Editor) October 14, 2013 at 09:49 AM
Dan, Do you live nearby? If so—I'm sure you've already done this, but in case you haven't—I would report this information to the police.
John October 14, 2013 at 11:26 AM
Oh boy, something else to worry about besides the governmnet shut down and higher taxes...We are really in trouble...
JustALocalGuy October 14, 2013 at 03:05 PM
The victim's MySpace: https://myspace.com/tearvin Looks like the victim was right in the middle of being sued: http://www.vindy.com/news/2012/oct/08/courts/
John October 14, 2013 at 05:45 PM
This is all facts that no one knows, spreading information without facts is wrong....
Rob Scott (Editor) October 14, 2013 at 05:49 PM
We actually agree on something, John. Let's please refrain from irresponsible speculation, particularly when it involves the victim of a murder.
Dan Reynolds October 14, 2013 at 06:38 PM
Actually that is most likely her Myspace... I just found it VIA a quick google search... sad.. Rob (Editor).. Yes, I did report what I heard... I saw the car the next morning on my walk with the Dog.
Cheryl Lewis Ashton October 15, 2013 at 12:52 AM
Irresponsible speculation and proof reading Rob, I couldn't agree more....Proof read your past reports please because if the reporting is as good as the story, the story doesn't mean much...everyone is someone's daughter or son or niece or nephew or so on.
John October 15, 2013 at 10:56 AM
Oh boy, according to who is this information from space book, no one knows where this crap comes from....Let the police find out ok Pundit...
Kyle October 18, 2013 at 01:17 AM
This is very strange, this street is dark, but not secluded. For someone to be killed here is disturbing.
tocman October 20, 2013 at 01:15 PM
Yes we can continue our normal activities but it's time to face the truth. The train is giving easy access to our desirable community to those less fortunate. It's like coming to the Cherry Hill Mall to shop for some of the crooks. We all work hard and must leave the home during the day to be able to maintain our well-groomed homes, properties and vehicles. We must be vigilant in looking out for one another. Doors, windows especially basement, cars, garages and sheds must be locked at all time. Even if working in the front or back yard. Most of us recognize our immediate neighbors, local dog walkers and joggers. Report any suspicious individuals or vehicles in your area to the Riverton police immediately. They want to hear from us. We can be their eyes and ears.
John October 21, 2013 at 02:16 PM
Thats interesting, she was from ohio so how on earth did she find a secluded spot near the river in the small town...People cruise the area for empty houses during the day and calling the police will not help b/c they will be gone by the time they get there...


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