Wednesday, May 2, 2012
The Greater Philadelphia Search and Rescue group uses divers, canines and other methods to locate missing persons
Based out of an empty building at the Norristown State Hospital, a little-known group trains twice a week in various search and rescue disciplines, honing their craft and preparing for the inevitable call that will thrust them into action. They have committed their lives to the search of others, and they live by the motto "That Others May Live." They are the Greater Philadelphia Search and Rescue group. Providing free search and rescue services to the area for 33 years, the GPSAR consists of nearly 40 volunteers who are highly trained and capable of executing a variety or search and rescue tactics. The groups also boasts a large group of trained canines which aid in the searches. When Janice Rubendall – who served with the United States …
Thursday, March 15, 2012
The Lower Providence woman had been missing since early January. Her body was found earlier this month.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
The following information is from Janice Rubendall's obituary: Family and friends are invited to Janice Rubendall's memorial service Saturday, March 17, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, 2725 Egypt Road in Audubon. Friends will be received at 9:30 a.m. before the service, and she will be interred in the Limerick Garden of Memories. Janice was born May 20, 1986. She was 25 years old. She served in the U.S. Marine Corps, and an unofficial USMC honor guard volunteered to come to her service. Janice was last seen by her father, Robert Rubendall Jr., in early January. Patch followed her story from when she was reported missing; her body was found earlier this month. In addition to her father, Janice is survived by her mother, …
Sunday, March 4, 2012
Janice Rubendall's father was told by police that a body found in the Schuylkill River on Sunday afternoon is believed to be that of the missing Iraq war vet. The coroner's office confirmed the identification on Monday evening.
Update: (5 p.m.) County Coroner Walter I. Hofman has confirmed to The Times Herald that the body retrieved from the Schuykill River on Sunday afternoon is that of Janice Rubendall. Rubendall's body was reportedly identified by its tattoos. Update: On Monday morning, March 5, West Norriton Police Chief Robert Adams told Patch that he could not officially confirm the identity of the body found yesterday in the Schuylkill River. According to Chief Adams, First Assistant District Attorney Kevin Steele will release the information following an autopsy by the coroner. More information is expected later today. Original story below. --- A body found along the bank of the Schuylkill River on Sunday afternoon has been tentatively identified as …
Monday, February 13, 2012
Janice Rubendall, a 25-year-old Marine Corps veteran, hasn’t been seen since Jan. 4.
The moment that Ashley Barton saw the car, she knew something was amiss. The cream-colored Chrysler PT Cruiser with California plates and a U.S. Marine Corps sticker had appeared near the end of the first week of January, parked by itself in a seldom-used auxiliary lot at the Riverview Landing at Valley Forge community in West Norriton. It was nearly half a mile from any of the housing units. "They only use that lot when the Schuylkill floods the regular parking lot," said Barton, who lives in the complex. "Maybe once or twice a year. It’s on high ground. They tell us to park there and run shuttles [to the housing units]. Nobody would [normally] park there. I knew something wasn’t right.” Through the car’s windows, she could see a purse …