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Berstler's Mom: Son Is Missing, Not Dead

Stephen Berstler Jr. went missing Dec. 30.

Stephen Berstler, Jr. has been missing since the morning of Friday, Dec. 30, and the Port Authority Police are handling the case as such.

Berstler's cell phone, Salisbury University student identification card and car keys were found by a cyclist early Friday morning on the George Washington Bridge, according to his mother, Sandi Basenese.

The following day the Port Authority Police found his vehicle at the New York City Armory near the bridge. Berstler competed for track meets at the Armory many times, Basenese said, a.

No official word has come, and Port Authority Police are handling the case as a missing person. Basenese said she believes her son tested his athletic endurance the day he went missing, and attempted to achieve athletic greatness.

Berstler had been training for long distance runs for many years and part of that routine was to submerge himself into ice water for 20 minutes, Basenese said.

The arrangements for a memorial service were made unbeknownst to her, Basenese said, and she feels that it is too soon for such a gathering. Basenese said, however, she would love all who knew Stephen to attend and pray that her son finds his way home.

The memorial service will be held Monday, Jan. 9 at on West Mill Road. 

JohnG January 06, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Yeah... And as star ledger reported they also found his shoes on the bridge. Sadly I think the mother is in denial. RIP
Hookerman January 06, 2012 at 08:57 PM
How can this have possibly been reported in the media as a death when a body hasn't even been recovered yet???
WashPride January 06, 2012 at 09:42 PM
ValleyGirl, I'm not sure where you saw JohnG write anything about the lack of pain the mom is in. Last time I checked, restating a fact from another media source does not qualify someone for a "narrow mind and shallow sole". Perhaps it is you who should keep your comments to yourself.
Sally Doris January 06, 2012 at 10:52 PM
I agree with Hookerman. If it were my son, I would not want anyone reporting that he was dead within the first week unless they had absolute proof. I also don't think all of the media sources have their facts straight since each has different information. And those that are throwing insults back and forth at each other should be ashamed of yourselves. There is a boy missing, possibly dead and your bickering amongst yourselves on this website. Pathetic.
Eileen Kelly January 07, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Very sad situation. Prayers to the family that he is found soon.
dm January 09, 2012 at 06:21 PM
love you steve
audrey January 11, 2012 at 04:46 AM
Steve i will always remember you as a pleasant young man , Also running with your shades as a Greenstreaker RIP

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