Police Searching for NJ Principal Reported Missing

Bertha S. Dyer
Franklin Township (N.J.) Police Department via NJ.com

Police are enlisting the public's help in the search for a New Jersey principal who was last seen Wednesday at the Newark school where she works, NJ.com reports.

Bertha S. Dyer, 68, was reported missing Wednesday by her sister, who told authorities that Dyer was last seen around 3 p.m. Tuesday at Newark's Mount Vernon Elementary School, where she is the principal.


"Ms. Dyer was scheduled for multiple meetings on Wednesday that she did not attend," police said in a statement, according to the site.

According to WABC, Dyer's sister said the principal has always been punctual and gotten to the school early each morning.

"There are no obvious signs of foul play," added Police Sgt. Philip Rizzo of the police force in Franklin, N.J., where Dyer lives. "Our detectives are using all the tools at their disposal in an effort to locate Ms. Dyer."

Dyer's car, a Toyota 4Runner with the license plate U79GXM, is also missing. When authorities and family checked her home, her lights and the TV were on.


According to WABC, Dyer had told her sister that she was busy with work, preparing for the new school year at Mount Vernon, which starts Tuesday, and also had complained of a headache.

Read more at NJ.com and WABC.

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